2020 Fiction Contest Results


Jinwoo Chong, "The Lesser Light of Dying Stars"

Second Place

Gretchen Comba, "Goatman"


Allison Bulger, "Freddy's Vacation"

Carol Dines, "Disappearances"

Cassie Fancher, "Trinity"

Omer Friedlander, "Desert Animals"

Matthew Gordon, "Ranch Widows"

Kanza Javed, "Rani"

Matt Jones, "Pests"

Michael O'Brien, "Getting the Lead Out"

2019 Fiction Contest Results

2018 Fiction Contest Results

2017 Fiction Contest Results

2016 Fiction Contest Results

2015 Fiction Contest Results

2014 Fiction Contest Results

2013 Fiction Contest Results

2011 Fiction Contest Results

Salamander 2020 Fiction Prize

First Prize: $1,000 and Publication
Second Prize: $500 and Publication

Final Judge: Elliot Ackerman




•  All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.

•  Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry.

  • Please submit a separate cover sheet with each entry, containing the title of the story and your name, address, phone number, and email. Your name or any other identifying characteristics should not appear anywhere on the story itself.


•  Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted story is accepted elsewhere.

•  Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Salamander’s definition of publishing includes electronic publication.

•  Salamander will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 4 years) affiliated with Suffolk University or the prize judge.

Contest results will be posted on salamandermag.org by August 1.

•  Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. We will send your subscription to the address given unless instructed otherwise. International addresses will receive a one-year online subscription; those who prefer a print subscription, please add $10 for subscription postage.

DUE TO THE REMOTE WORK CONDITIONS NECESSARY AT THIS TIME, WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO ACCEPT ONLINE SUBMISSIONS IN 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels Red Dress In Black and White, Waiting for Eden, Dark at the Crossing, and Green on Blue, as well as the memoir Places and Names: On War, Revolution and Returning. His books have been nominated for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal in both fiction and non-fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His writing often appears in Esquire, The New Yorker, and TIME Magazine and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

If questions, send an email to editors@salamandermag.org.