About The Contest
The winning story will be published in The Conium Review's next issue. The winning author will receive $500, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book.
Innovative short fiction should take risks that pay off. Don’t tell us a story we’ve already heard before. Show us something new with your subject, style, or characters. Make sure your writing has a “wow” factor.
The 2017 contest judge is Stephen Graham Jones. Stephen is the author of over twenty books, including Mongrels (William Morrow, 2016), After the People Lights Have Gone Off (Dark House Press, 2014), The Last Final Girl (Lazy Fascist Press, 2012), and Demon Theory (MacAdam/Cage, 2006). If you are a family member, coworker, or student of the judge, you are ineligible for this contest.
Submissions must be received between February 1st, 2017 and May 1st, 2017. All submissions must include a $15.00 entry fee. The winner will likely be announced by July 15th, 2017.
All manuscripts must be submitted between February 1st, 2017 and May 1st, 2017. Your submission may include any combination of flash fictions or short stories up to 7,500 total words. Upload your submission as a single manuscript file. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The judge reads blind, and she will recuse himself from considering any manuscript where the writer is identifiable. In the unlikely event that the judge is unable to select a winner, The Conium Review editorial staff will make the final decision.
In the “Biography Statement” field, please include a two or three sentence third-person bio. This bio will not be viewable by the contest judge. If you win the contest, your bio appears inside the published issue of The Conium Review along with the winning story.
Submissions must be unpublished, original work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but you must withdraw your story immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. If you withdraw your submission, the entry fee is not returned.
This contest abides by the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics. Thank you for submitting!