Great American Fiction Contest

The winner and runners-up for the 2020 Great American Fiction Contest will be announced in our January/February 2020 issue. Submissions for the 2021 contest will open January 1, 2020.

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.

Now you have the opportunity to join our illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Eighth Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

“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.”

The winning story will be published in the January/February 2020 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive $500. Five runners-up will each receive $100 and will also have their stories featured online.

Submission Guidelines

  • Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words long.
  • All stories must be previously unpublished (excluding personal website and/or blog publication).
  • No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes.
  • All stories must be submitted by their author in print or in Microsoft Word or PDF format with author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page.
  • Entries should be character- or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction.
  • Think local. The Post has historically played a role in defining what it means to be an American. Your story should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: Celebrating America — past, present, and future.
  • All entries must be received electronically or be postmarked by July 1, 2019.
  • There is a $10 entry fee, which helps defray a portion of the cost of operating the contest.

Enter Now!

Read previous years’ winning stories:

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

2019 Winners


  • “Mount to the Sky” [Coming December 28]
    by Michael Caleb Tasker


  • “Charlotte’s Mother” [Coming January 4]
    by Jeffrey Ricker
  • “Fishing for Owl” [Coming January 11]
    by Aimee Parkison
  • “Parting” [Coming January 18]
    by Marlene Olin
  • “Rising to the Surface” [Coming January 25]
    by Rachel Rigolino
  • “Immigrant/Emigrant” [Coming February 2]
    by James Vescovi

2018 Winners


2017 Winners

  • Crack
    by Myles McDonough

2016 Winners


2015 Winners


2014 Winners


2013 Winners

  • Wolf
    by Lucy Jane Bledsoe