At the Short Story Project, we understand writers, we understand writing. Our mission is to empower you by connecting you with your readers, helping you improve your writing skills, and providing you with additional benefits you have not yet encountered anywhere else online.
Writers must have readers, and that's why we are on a constant
quest to promote reading in the digital era and to find the best short stories out there, anywhere and everywhere around the world. We provide short stories in various languages and on various media, such as text and audio.
We curate, translate, publish and record short stories that are read and listened to by over 500,000 people worldwide.
02Our distinguished judges.
Winners announced two weeks after submission ends.
Nathaniel Rich is the author of three novels: King Zeno (MCD/FSG, 2018), Odds Against Tomorrow (FSG, 2013), and The Mayor’s Tongue (Riverhead, 2008). His short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Vice, VQR, the American Scholar, and the Short Story Project among other publications. He served as Fiction Editor of the Paris Review between 2005 and 2010. Rich is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Atlantic.
Ramona Ausubel is the author of the collection of short stories, Awayland (Riverhead Books, 2018) as well as two novels: Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (2016), which was a San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Best Book of the Year, and No One is Here Except All of Us (2012). Her debut story collection, A Guide to Being Born (2013) was a New York Times Notable Book. Ramona is a winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, The New York Times, NPR’s Selected Shorts, One Story, Electric Literature and The Short Story Project.
Benjamin Rosenbaum is the author of the short stories collection The Ant King and Other Stories (Small Beer Press, 2008). His work has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, Harper's, Nature, McSweeney's, the Short Story Project and in various anthologies. His short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, World Fantasy, Locus, and Sturgeon Awards and translated into 25 languages. One of them was animated and won Best Animated Short at SXSW in 2010.
03Our gracious partners.
What do I
have to do
On September 30th submission closes - make sure to submit by then!
2500 word maximum
English short stories from anywhere in the world in any genre.
$17 entry fee
You fully own the rights of your wondrous hard-worked short stories!
Winners grant The Short Story Project the right to publish winning short stories online.
You may submit any story that you own the rights to, whether it was previously published online or not.
20 winners are announced,
rewarded and featured on The Short Story Project
20 short story writers will be awarded for their works.
The top 5 writers will be featured on The Short Story Project.