In 1986, Jerome Stern, the then-director of Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program and renowned author of Making Shapely Fiction among other books, founded this contest to celebrate what he called “micro fiction” (submissions at that time were required to be under 250 words, and the winner received a crate of oranges as well as a check). Stern passed away from cancer in 1996 and though the guidelines and prize have changed since then, we are grateful to have a modern master of the short-short story judge the entries annually, and continue to hold the contest in memory of Stern.
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Country of Publication & Year Established
United States||Established in 1986
|Open to a broad Audience.
Publication Medium & Contest Frequency
|Print Publication ||Print Publication||Awarded 1 x per year.
Fiction Temp Closed
- Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
- Open to all/most Topics.
|Flash Fiction Flash Fiction||Up to 500 words; Up to 3 pieces.|
- Winner's Prize:
- We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
|Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).|
| OK|| OK|| No|| OK|| OK||Text format submissions |
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