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2024 Short Story Contest
for adults and members.

We are now accepting submissions online.

Details for submission are below.

The 2024 Short Story Contest Submissions


The adult contest is open to residents of Maryland, Virginia and Washington and there is a $15 fee,

except for F Scott Fitzgerald members where it is free. 

All entries MUST follow the format described below. But there are separate eligibility requirements for students and adults.


- There are no restrictions on subject matter.

-Entries must be typed, 10 point or 12 point sized font, double-spaced, no more than 26 lines per page, one-inch margins and numbered pages.

-All stories must be fewer than 4,000 words and unpublished

-Writer's name should NOT appear on the first page.

Place a title on the first page.

The writer's name should NOT appear on subsequent pages of the story. Any identifying information included on the cover page will be removed and a number will be assigned to the entry before it is sent to the judges.  

-Entries will be judged and will not be returned.

-First prize for adult competition is $1000 and an invitation to speak briefly about the story as part of the 26th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival in October 2022.

-Two runner-up prizes of $250 each will be awarded at the festival.

The winning entries will be available online.

The entry fee for adult non-members is $15 per entry. This may be paid online using PayPal. Students and FSF members are free.

Questions may be emailed to:

(Note: An entry fee is waived if you are an F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference Inc., member as of January 2024.)

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