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Anthony Veasna So Scholarship

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Anthony Veasna So (1992-2020) was an American writer of short stories that often drew from his upbringing as a child of Cambodian immigrants and were described by the New York Times as “crackling, kinetic and darkly comedic.” His debut short story collection, Afterparties, was published posthumously by HarperCollins in 2021 and was named a New York Times Bestseller and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for Best First Book. Anthony was not just one of the most talented new writers to grace this decade—he was also a member of the Adroit family, having served as a prose editor for four years. Anthony was as an inspiration to all of us, and to so many writers around the world. In honor of Anthony’s contribution to both the Adroit Journal‘s staff community and the world’s fiction readers, we will recognize six emerging fiction writers each year as Anthony Veasna So Scholars in Fiction. All emerging writers who have not published full-length collections or novels are eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status), and are encouraged to submit.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions, except for fee waivers available for those needing assistance. The fee is USD $15.
Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to "emerging writers who have not published full-length collections or novels are eligible (regardless of age, geographic location, or educational status)."
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Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 3 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 9,000 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) (Provides free copy/copies) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment to Professional payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $100.


Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Multiple entries: Multiple entries are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.

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Anthony Veasna So Scholarship Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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AccuracyWe have received 12 reports from 12 different members within the past 12 months. The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported45 min | 96.1 mean avg | 92.5 median | 127 max days (24.1 std dev)
Responses100.00 %
Acceptances8.33 % of submissions accepted (76.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 8.33 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections91.67 % (97.9 avg. days per rejection) | 9.1 % personal, 63.6 % form, 27.3 % unspecified | 16.7 % shortlisted
Non-Responses0 %
Never Responded-

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $15.00.
Most recent response reported was received on 11 Apr 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 19 Jan 2024.

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Date Added: 21 Nov 2022

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