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Jesmyn Ward Prize in Fiction

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The Michigan Quarterly Review has established this prize for fiction in honor of Helen Zell Writers’ Program alumna Jesmyn Ward and her significant contributions to the literary arts.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions. The fee is USD $25.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2021

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed


Will be open to submissions from 01 November 2024* (approx. 129 days from now) through 31 December 2024. 0


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $2,000.


Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Unknown.
Multiple entries: Unknown.
Media: Text.

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* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Jesmyn Ward Prize in Fiction Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 10 reports from 10 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported110 min | 124.6 mean avg | 123.0 median | 144 max days (12.9 std dev)
Responses100 %
Acceptances0.00 % No publication has a 0% acceptance rate. This data is based on submission reports sent to Duotrope, and we have not received reports of any acceptances yet.
Rejections100.00 % (124.6 avg. days per rejection) | 0.0 % personal, 80.0 % form, 20.0 % unspecified
Non-Responses0 %
Never Responded-
Pending1 response is pending (188 days waiting). This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $25.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 19 Apr 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 30 Dec 2023.

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Last Updated: 04 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 12 Mar 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 09 Sep 2021

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