Esquire Short Short Fiction Contest 4

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.

Esquire Short Short Fiction ContestUnited States


G General 


Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Types & Lengths

Flash FictionExactly 79 words.

Media & Contest Frequency

P Print PublicationOne-time contest.

Winner's Prize Money (if any)

We do not list prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionP Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) per piece.

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No Unknown NoText format submissions

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Date Added:
25 Jun 2012
Last Updated:
02 Sep 2012