Esquire Short Short Fiction Contest 7

A project of Esquire

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All entries must be seventy-nine words, in honor of Esquire’s seventy-ninth birthday. We’re calling these short short stories Aspens. Ten winners will be flown to New York for a fiction workshop taught by Colum McCann, and a party. Grandprize winner receives a full scholarship for the advanced fiction workshop at Aspen Summer Words.

Country of Publication

United States



Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationOne-time contest.

Fiction Closed

General General
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionExactly 79 words.
Winner's Prize:
We do not list 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 No No Unknown NoText format submissions
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Last Updated: 24 Apr 2018
Date Added: 25 Jun 2012

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