An annual award for the best unpublished short fiction on any theme up to 5,000 words in English.
The winner will receive a prize of $500 and two or three finalists will receive $200 each; the winning stories will be published in The Chariton Review. All U.S. entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the Spring prize issue.
- Manuscripts must be double-spaced on standard paper. No handwritten manuscripts are allowed.
- Manuscripts must be unbound.
- Electronic submissions may be made here.
- Include two title pages: one with the manuscript title and the author’s contact information (name, address, phone, email), and the other with only the manuscript title. The author’s name must not appear on or within the manuscript.
- Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want to be notified when your manuscript is received. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy.
Your manuscript may be under consideration elsewhere, but please inform Truman State University Press if it is accepted for publication. More than one manuscript may be submitted annually to The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize (and each requires a separate fee), but only one prize issue is offered for each author’s multiple entries.
Previously published stories are not eligible. Current Truman State University faculty, staff, and students are not eligible to compete.
Manuscripts must be postmarked or submitted electronically by September 30 of each year.
Include a non-refundable reading fee of $20 for each manuscript submitted. Make check payable to Truman State University Press. To pay by credit card, please call the Press at (660) 785-7336, or submit online.
Manuscript and fee should be sent to:
The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize
Truman State University Press
100 East Normal Avenue
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
The final judge will be announced after the finalists have been selected in January. Previous judges include Jaimy Gordon, Kellie Wells, and Gordon Weaver.
Results will be posted online in February.
See also The Chariton Review