fiction contest: Symphony Space
- The 2011 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
with guest judge Jennifer Egan
The winning submission, selected by Jennifer Egan, will be read as part
of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 8, 2011.
The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the
public radio series. The winner will receive $1000.
Submit a single short story that addresses the theme, Restaurants and
Your story must have a title.
Make sure your name and contact information appear on the first page of
your story. If you are submitting online, this information needs to
appear on the first page of the attached Word document. Include page
Your story must be no more than 750 words double-spaced (Times New
Roman, 12pt font).
Your story must be unpublished.
All submissions must be received by March 1, 2011. To be specific,
online submissions must be submitted by 5pm Eastern Standard Time.
Mailed submissions must arrive with the day's mail. (Entries postmarked
on March 2 will NOT be accepted.)
Where to submit your story
Submit your submission online at
CONTEST, Selected Shorts
New York, NY 10025.
Mailed submissions must also include a check for $25, written to
Symphony Space. Online submissions must give credit card information
to submit. Stories will not be accepted without payment of the $25 fee.
Please do not send duplicate copies (online or snail-mail is
sufficient). We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have
received it. Due to the high volume of submissions and the small size
of our office, we will not be able to notify you when we receive your
story. The winner will be selected by Jennifer Egan and notified by
early May. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be
posted to this page.
Contestants who submit online or provide their email address will be
added to the Selected Shorts email list - please let us know if you do
not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.
$1000 and two tickets to the June 8th Selected Shorts at Symphony
Space, when the prizewinning story will be read.
About this year's guest judge
Jennifer Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus, Look at Me, a
finalist for the National Book Award, and the bestselling The Keep, as
well as a short story collection, Emerald City. She has published short
fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's and Ploughshares,
among others, and her journalism appears frequently in the New York
Times Magazine. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was recently a fellow
at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at
the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband
and sons. Her new book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, was published in
June and her short story Safari was selected by Richard Russo for Best
American Short Stories 2010, to be published in October.