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C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize


Monday, January 1, 2018


Entry Fees

A $25 submission fee will accompany each submission. Submission information can be found at . Manuscripts will be taken through online submission only. All manuscripts will be read anonymously by paid screeners. This contest is guided by the CLMP Code of Ethics.


The C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize includes $10,000 and book publication. The prize is named in honor of C. Michael Curtis, who has served as an editor of The Atlantic since 1963 and as fiction editor since 1982. Curtis has discovered or edited some of the finest short story writers of the modern era, including Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Anne Beattie. He has edited several acclaimed anthologies, including Contemporary New England Stories, God: Stories, and Faith: Stories. Curtis moved to Spartanburg, S.C. in 2006 and has taught as a professor at both Wofford and Converse Colleges, in addition to serving on the editorial board of Hub City Press.

The first winning book will be published in Spring 2019. This prize is made possible by an anonymous contribution from a South Carolina donor.


The contest opens August 1, 2017 and closes Jan. 1, 2018 at noon EST. We will announce the winner in May 2018.

The manuscript must be between 140 and 220 pages and include no fewer than six stories.

No more than three stories can have been published elsewhere.

No story should be over 15,000 words in length. There is no minimum word count. Some shorter stores are anticipated, but bear in mind that this is not a flash fiction or micro fiction contest and that stories of a more traditional length of 1,500 to 8,000 words are expected to make up the bulk of the story collection.

Do not include a bio or acknowledgements page with your manuscript since all manuscripts must be read anonymously by our readers, editors, and judge. Manuscripts should include one title page with the manuscript’s title only. Manuscripts that do not adhere to this guideline will be eliminated.

Simultaneous submissions of the the same manuscript to other publishers or contests are acceptable but please notify us by email ([email protected]) if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.

While translations and manuscripts in languages other than English are not accepted, manuscripts that occasionally use words from other languages are perfectly fine.

No revisions of submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest.

Contact Information

186 West Main St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306


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