Great American Fiction Contest

The submission period for the 2019 Great American Fiction Contest has ended.

The winner and runners-up will be announced in late December, and the winning story will be featured in the January/February 2019 issue of the Post. In the meantime, read some of the best stories from past contests from the list below.

In its nearly two centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of great American authors, including Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, and Kurt Vonnegut, among so many others.

“This contest is a tribute to the Post’s legacy of featuring the most renowned American fiction writers,” says Steven Slon, editorial director and associate publisher for The Saturday Evening Post. “Our goal is to continue the tradition of finding and featuring compelling stories and the authors behind them.”

Read previous years’ winning stories:

Get all of the collected works below plus more of the best short stories now.

2018 Winners

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2017 Winners

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  • Crack
    by Myles McDonough
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2016 Winners

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2015 Winners

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2014 Winners

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2013 Winners

Winner:
  • Wolf
    by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
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