Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay Contest

Deadline: 30 April 2018
Open to: everybody who is interested in writting
Award: the winning story and essay will each receive USD 2,000. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive USD 100 each


Welcome to the 26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. This writing can be any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. The writings will be judged by Dennis Norris II, assisted by Lauren Singer.


  • Please submit as many entries as you like;
  • All themes accepted;
  • Entries may be published or unpublished;
  • Length limit: 6,000 words;
  • No restrictions on age or country;
  • Please omit your name from your entries;
  • Please avoid hard-to-read fonts;
  • Double-spacing is recommended.


  • STORY: First Prize, USD 2,000;
  • ESSAY: First Prize, USD 2,000;
  • 10 Honorable Mentions will receive USD 100 each (any category);
  • Top 12 entries will be published online.

How to apply?

Application Fee: USD 20 per entry.

In order to apply, please fill the application.

For more information, please visit the official web page.