2021 Fiction Contest Results


Nicole Simonsen:
"Lucky, Lucky, Lucky"

Second Prize

Justina Elias:


Vrinda Baliga:
"The Moons of Mars"

Corey Campbell:
"In a Burning Volcano"

Sara Fetherolf: "The Place"

Alana Franasiak:
"A Diamond in this Rhinestone World"

Mike McClelland:
"The Secrets of the Last Greenland Shark"

Areej Quraishi:
"Like the Chiffon of a Sari"

Kristie Redfield:
"When You're Expecting"

Shelby Wardlaw:
"Ups and Downs"

2020 Fiction Contest Results

2019 Fiction Contest Results

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Salamander 2021 Fiction Prize

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

Final Judge: Yiyun Li




•  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•  Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn.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 16.

•  Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. We will send your subscription to the address given unless instructed otherwise. If more than one subscription is purchased, additional subscriptions may be gifted to another reader. 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 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

Yiyun Li is the author of four novels, two story collections, and a book essays, including PEN/Jean Stein award-winning Where Reasons End, and her most recent novel, Must I Go. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and other places, and she has received fellowship from MacArthur Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation, and is a 2020 winner of Windham Campbell Prize. She teaches at Princeton University.

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