Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

About the Flannery O'Connor Award

More than seventy short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O'Connor Award series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Winners are selected through an annual competition that attracts as many as three hundred manuscripts.

Winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction include such widely read authors as Ha Jin, Antonya Nelson, Rita Ciresi, and Mary Hood.


Submission Guidelines: 2019 Competition

Dates for submission: Manuscripts may be submitted between 9:00 a.m. on April 1 and 5:00 p.m. on May 31. The winner will be announced by late summer.

We only accept electronic submissions. Our online submissions manager is available here: https://georgiapress.submittable.com/submit

Tech support for using the submissions manager is available at 1-406-480-6274. The $30 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal.

Selection process: Each of the four contest judges reads approximately one-fourth of the manuscripts submitted to the competition, with a fifth judge available if needed based on the total number of submissions. Judges select seven to ten finalists each; the pool of finalist manuscripts is read by series editor Roxane Gay, who makes the final selection of one winning manuscript. The author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, and the collection is subsequently published by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. The winner has ten days to accept the award and ten days to sign the contract once it’s received.

Eligibility: The competition is open to writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Previous winners of this award are not eligible to win again. Writers must be residents of North America.

Manuscript Guidelines

  1. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and 40,000-75,000 words in length.
  2. The award recognizes outstanding collections of short fiction. Collections may include long stories or novellas (est. length of a novella is 50-150 pages). However, novels or single novellas will not be considered.
  3. Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.
  4. Please include a table of contents.
  5. Please use Times New Roman font in twelve-point size.
  6. Stories included in the submission may have appeared previously in magazines or anthologies but may not have been previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work.
  7. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
  8. Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the submissions manager website. Entry fees are not refundable.

Blind review: The intent of this contest is that manuscripts will be considered on the merits of the fiction and that judges will not be aware of the names or publication records of the authors.

  1. Please do not include your name on the pages of the manuscript&mdash—only in the form boxes of the electronic submission manager. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.
  2. Please do not include a list of acknowledgments crediting where stories have been published.
  3. Judges who recognize work will recuse themselves, and the submission will be reassigned to a different judge.

Confirmation of receipt and notification: You should receive an e-mail confirmation immediately after submission. An announcement of the winner will be sent to all entrants via e-mail by late summer.

If you have any questions or concerns other than technical issues with the submissions manager, please contact us via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Manuscripts risk being disqualified if they do not follow the submissions guidelines. The press will not accept phone calls regarding the Flannery O’Connor Award.

Statement of Integrity: The University of Georgia is thoroughly committed to academic integrity in all of its endeavors, and the University of Georgia Press adheres to all University of Georgia policies and procedures. To help ensure the integrity of the competition, manuscripts are judged through a blind review process. Judges in the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction competition are instructed to avoid conflicts of interest of all kinds.


Books in this series

All My Relations
Stories by Christopher McIlroy

Stories by Amina Gautier

Ate It Anyway
Stories by Ed Allen

Bad Kansas
Stories by Becky Mandelbaum

Bear Down, Bear North
Stories by Melinda Moustakis

Better Than War
Stories by Siamak Vossoughi

Big Bend
Stories by Bill Roorbach

Black Elvis
Stories by Geoffrey Becker

Break Any Woman Down
Stories by Dana Johnson

A Brief History of Male Nudes in America
Stories by Dianne Nelson Oberhansly

Bright Shards of Someplace Else
Stories by Monica McFawn

CAUTION Men in Trees
Stories by Darrell Spencer

Stories by Sandra Thompson

Compression Scars
Stories by Kellie Wells

The Consequences of Desire
Stories by Dennis Hathaway

Copy Cats
Stories by David Crouse

Curled in the Bed of Love
Stories by Catherine Brady

The Current That Carries
Stories by Lisa Graley

The Dance Boots
Stories by Linda LeGarde Grover

Drowning Lessons
Stories by Peter Selgin

The Edge of Marriage
Stories by Hester Kaplan

The Evening News
Stories by Tony Ardizzone

Evening Out
Stories by David Walton

Stories by Eric Shade

Faulty Predictions
Stories by Karin Lin-Greenberg

From the Bottom Up
Stories by Leigh Allison Wilson

Ghost Traps
Stories by Robert Abel

How Far She Went
Stories by Mary Hood

Ice Age
Stories by Robert Anderson

The Imaginary Lives of Mechanical Men
Stories by Randy F. Nelson

The Invention of Flight
Stories by Susan Neville

The Invisibles
Stories by Hugh Sheehy

The Jungle around Us
Stories by Anne Raeff

Large Animals in Everyday Life
Stories by Wendy Brenner

Living with Snakes
Stories by Daniel Curley

Love, in Theory
Ten Stories
E. J. Levy

Low Flying Aircraft
Stories by T. M. McNally

The Melancholy of Departure
Stories by Alfred DePew

The Nature of Longing
Stories by Alyce Miller

The Necessary Grace to Fall
Stories by Gina Ochsner

Nervous Dancer
Stories by Carol Lee Lorenzo

No Lie Like Love
Stories by Paul Rawlins

The Pale of Settlement
Stories by Margot Singer

The People I Know
Stories by Nancy Zafris

The Piano Tuner
Stories by Peter Meinke

Please Come Back To Me
Stories and a novella by Jessica Treadway

The Purchase of Order
Stories by Gail Galloway Adams

The Quarry
Stories by Harvey Grossinger

Rough Translations
Stories by Molly Giles

The Send-Away Girl
Stories by Barbara Sutton

Silent Retreats
Stories by Philip F. Deaver

Sky over El Nido
Stories by C. M. Mayo

Sorry I Worried You
Stories by Gary Fincke

Spirit Seizures
Stories by Melissa Pritchard

Spit Baths
Stories by Greg Downs

Stories from the Flannery O’Connor Award
A 30th Anniversary Anthology: The Early Years
Edited by Charles East

Stories from the Flannery O’Connor Award
A 30th Anniversary Anthology: The Recent Years
Edited by Nancy Zafris

The Suicide Club
Stories by Toni Graham

Super America
Stories by Anne Panning

Tell Borges If You See Him
Tales of Contemporary Somnambulism
Peter LaSalle

The Theory of Light and Matter
Stories by Andrew Porter

Thieves I’ve Known
Stories by Tom Kealey

Under the Red Flag
Stories by Ha Jin

Unified Field Theory
Stories by Frank Soos

Useful Gifts
Stories by Carole L. Glickfeld

The Viewing Room
Stories by Jacquelin Gorman

What We Do with the Wreckage
Stories by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Why Men Are Afraid of Women
Stories by François Camoin

Winter Money
Stories by Andy Plattner

Series Editor
Roxane Gay

Kaitlyn Greenidge
Aubrey Hirsch
Terese Marie Mailhot
Tracy Lynne Oliver
Rion Amilcar Scott

See a complete listing of award winners