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• The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction, written originally in English by a single or collaborative author.

• Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form.

• Entries may include flash fiction, short fiction, and up to one novella. Please include a table of contents and acknowledgements page (of previous publications).

• No AI-generated material will be considered.

• Open to all writers not closely associated with Moon City Press or its judges, past or present. Students, employees, and alumni of Missouri State University are ineligible.

• Manuscripts should fall between 30,000 and 65,000 words.

• Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable, https://mooncitypress.submittable.com.

• A $27 entry fee is due via Submittable at the time of submission; entry fees are nonrefundable.

• Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

• Extended deadline: June 1, 2024. Winners will be notified by Spring 2025 and the winner will be published in Fall 2025.

• First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Ten additional finalists will be named and considered for publication.

• For questions, please visit moon-city-press.com or contact Series Editor Michael Czyzniejewski at mczyzniejewski@missouristate.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.