In 2021, we will be running one contest (fiction) and will have two general submissions windows (one for fiction; one for nonfiction). 

General Creative Nonfiction Submissions: Saturday, July 31 - Sunday, October 17, 2021 (EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 6)

Fiction Contest: Saturday, August 28 - Sunday, November 7, 2021

General Fiction Submissions: Saturday, October 16 - Sunday, December 19, 2021

Each category will become visible below when the window is open. 

Please note that our submission windows may be subject to change. StoryQuarterly is a publication of Rutgers University–Camden, and like many universities, Rutgers is facing significant uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic. While we have tried to leave room for the unexpected, it is possible that this uncertainty may also affect StoryQuarterly’s submission review and acceptance timelines. 

We’ll post any changes we may make to our schedule, so please keep checking back as these dates approach. We will also be announcing our fiction contest judge later in the year. 

If you would like to purchase an issue of StoryQuarterly, please scroll down and select the desired issue from the menu below. 

General creative nonfiction submissions open July 31 and close October 17, 2021. We are looking for previously unpublished work of about 6,250 words or under. We are open to excerpts of longer works, but they must be readable as stand-alone pieces. Please double-space submissions. Accepted work will be published in StoryQuarterly 54. 

We will be accepting entries for the Ninth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize from August 28 through November 7, 2021. The winner will receive $500, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly Issue 54. We are looking for previously unpublished work up to ~6,250 words. 

This year's contest is judged by Edward Carey. He is the author of the novels Observatory Mansions, Alva and Irvin: The Twins Who Saved a City, and the YA Iremonger Trilogy, all of which he also illustrated. His novel Little, an excerpt of which appeared in StoryQuarterly 48, has been published in 20 countries. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and at the Michener Center and the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest novel is The Swallowed Man

General fiction submissions open October 16 and close December 19, 2021. We are looking for previously unpublished short fiction, short-shorts, and novel excerpts. (Novel excerpts must be readable as stand-alone pieces.) Length: ~6,250 words or under. Please double-space submissions. Accepted work will be published in StoryQuarterly 54. (Note: this is separate submission category from our annual fiction prize.)

As an alternative to our regular print edition, we are excited to offer our 2019 issue, StoryQuarterly 52, in a downloadable digital format (PDF). 

Issue 52 features new work by Matthea Harvey, Lisa Olstein, S. Kirk Walsh, Bruce Holbert, Pam Diamond, and many more. The issue also includes the winners of the seventh annual Fiction Prize, judged by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and the fourth annual Nonfiction Prize, judged by Brian Blanchfield.

To purchase the digital edition of Issue 52, please fill out the form on the following page and complete the purchase. Then wait a few seconds, and Submittable will redirect you to our file download site. Once you get there, click the link to download the digital edition to your computer or mobile device.


StoryQuarterly is committed to publishing great work by established and emerging writers. However, we are a small organization operating on a shoestring budget and we are very grateful for any donations. (We have set this up in $5 increments due to Submittable restrictions.)