Fiction novel Contests
The deadline for this year’s contest is .
$1, 000 plus possible publication
$500 plus possible publication
$250 plus possible publication
Established in 2000, this prestigious international annual contest encourages writers of any faith to submit short fiction about a subject related to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. Judges have included Nicole Krauss, Anita Diamant, Jonathan Safran Foer, Geraldine Brooks, Dara Horn, Judy Budnitz and others. Click here for submission guidelines, and here for an update on past winners.
2012 Judge: Alan Cheuse
Alan Cheuse is Moment‘s fiction editor and longtime NPR book critic. He is the author of five novels, four collections of short fiction and a memoir. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review and other places. He teaches in the writing program at George Mason University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
First: Becky Tuch for
Becky Tuch is the founding editor of The Review Review, a website dedicated to reviews of literary magazines and interviews with journal editors. Her fiction has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Somerville Arts Council, as well as awards from Briar Cliff Review, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Hobart, Quarter After Eight, Folio, and numerous print and online magazines. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Lauren Watel’s short fiction was awarded the 2012 Mississippi Review Prize and the 2005 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets and Writers. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, Colorado Review, Mississippi Review and New Writing. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Third: Roberta Newman for The Girl of the Comet
Roberta Newman’s fiction has been published on JewishFiction.net and Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal. She is the co-author of a study of Yiddish letter-writing manuals, which will be published by Indiana University Press in 2014. She lives in New York City.
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