Short Fiction Contest Details

February 22nd, 2013



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“The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.”

– Ralph Ellison






The Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest was first held in 2002.  Since then, three times a year Jerry Jazz Musician has awarded a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America.  Our newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers.  While your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered.

Winning stories are announced on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician, and it will reside on the website permanently.  Jerry Jazz Musician also nominates writers for the Pushcart Prize.  In addition to publishing the winning story, with the consent of the author, we frequently publish short-listed stories.


Contest details

No entry fee is required. One story entry only.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

The contest is open to entrants from anywhere in the world (English language only please)

A prize of $150 will be awarded for the winning story.

In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author’s acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that could appear in book or magazine form.  All other ownership rights are retained by the author.  If story appears subsequently in other publications, we ask authors to note that the story was originally published on Jerry Jazz Musician.

Submission deadline for the next contest — our 66th — is May 31, 2024.  Publishing date will be on or about August 10, 2024.  Ideally, stories will not exceed 3,000 words but stories of up to 4,000 words are considered.

Please submit your story by May 31, 2024 via Word (preferred) or PDF attachment to [email protected], and be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission, as well as a brief 50 – 100 word story synopsis.  Please include “Short Fiction Contest Submission” in the subject heading of the email.

We accept human generated entries only…


Thank you for understanding.


Andy Smart, author of  The More You Hate Me  (Unsolicited Press), will be participating as Associate Editor for this contest.



Good luck!



Click here to read full publishing terms and conditions


Click here to read “The Old Casino” by J.B. Marlow, the winning story in the 64th edition of the Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest


Click here to view the six writers nominated by Jerry Jazz Musician for the 2022 Pushcart Prize







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60 comments on “Short Fiction Contest Details”

  1. I was surprised to read the winning short story. Since jerry jazz is a jazz magazine I assumed that the story had to concern jazz. I will submit a different story this time.

  2. Where must you live to be able to enter? The prize is in dollars so I’m wondering if I have to live in America? Or is this a global competition?

  3. I’ve been lucky enough to have been published here, a couple years ago.

    What a class organization.

    I’ve never opened this site that I have not been bowled over by something here… an article, someone else’s short story, a music clip… everything is really first class.

    I’ll be happy to submit something every time I can and read through in between entries.

    You folks should be well-deservedly proud of what you do here.

    Continued success and sweet artistic dreams!

    – A fan!

    1. I’ve just discovered this site – well, about four hours ago. That was four hours of fun and a feeling of general awesomeness, not only at the quality of the stuff on here, but the wide range of topics. Consequently, I just want to say how much I agree with “A Fan” 😉
      That’s it, I’m hooked. Now go away, I have plenty to think about and even more to catch up with.
      Cheers, Andy

    1. Yes…This contest is ongoing. Please see the information on this page for details. I just updated them to address your questions. Good luck!

  4. I’m wondering if simultaneous submissions are okay, and if you send rejections? Thank you so much.

    1. Yes…Simultaneous submissions are fine, and we do send out rejection notices at the time the winning entry is announced.

    1. Yes…Simultaneous submissions are fine, and we do send out rejection notices at the time the winning entry is announced.

  5. […] Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest. “The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America.” Genre: previously unpublished work of short fiction. Prize: $100.00. Deadline: January 31, 2017. […]

  6. Hi, he name of the competition is “short FICTION contest” but people are only talking about short stories. Are other prose form accepted. Something along stream of consciousness or just random expression of thoughts or incidence?

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  9. Hello! I was just wondering when and where will the winners of the competition held in May 31, 2018 will be announced. Thank You!

  10. […] Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest Stories can be on any theme and should ideally be up to 3,000 words, though those up to 5,000 words will be considered. Readers of this magazine are interested in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Value: $100 Deadline: 30 September 2018 Open for: All writers Details here. […]

  11. Hi,
    The rules indicate that it is possible to make multiple submissions, but only one entry is permitted.
    Could you please clarify whether it is possible to enter more than one voice of fiction?
    Thank you.

    1. Submit one story only, please…You may of course submit that same story, simultaneously, to other publications.



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