Contest Alert

Conflict (n): the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction

CRAFT Literary is looking for conflict! “Tension. X vs. Y stories. Strong narrative arcs (or other shapes. We want to hold our breath, be surprised; we want to feel conflicted. The journal is seeking submissions for “well-crafted, well-rounded stories and standalone excerpts that hinge on conflict.” The deadline is fast approaching: August 3 at midnight.


  • CRAFT Elements Contest submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Short fiction only: including short stories and standalone excerpts of longer work such as longform stories, novellas, and novels (as long as the excerpt truly stands alone and functions like a story)
  • 6,000 word count maximum
  • Open to a variety of genres and styles—the only requirement: excellence in craft
  • Previously unpublished work only.
  • Multiple submissions welcome — submit each piece as a separate submission
  • $20 reading fee per story/entry
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All submissions must be made via Submittable
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next winter that includes: the winning pieces with the winners’ craft essays; excerpts from the finalist pieces; notes from the readers and editors about the reading process; and more
  • Double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Include a brief cover letter with publication history (if applicable)
    If you have work that’s bristling with conflict and buzzing with unresolved issues, why not polish it up and throw your hat in the ring? You have to be in it to win it. Write on!

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