May 15th, 2010


$800 in cash prizes: 1st place story, $400; 2nd place story, $250; 3rd place story, $150.

Publication for all three winning stories.

All contest entries also considered for regular publication.


Anyone is eligible to submit to this contest, regardless of age, citizenship, or publishing experience—with the exception of current or former staff members or guest judges.

Guest Judge


This year's guest judge, Susan Straight, is a novelist and National Book Award finalist whose numerous essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and Harper's Magazine. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and Straight's story "Mines," first published in Zoetrope: All Story, was included in Best American Short Stories 2003, and she's been awarded a Lannan Literary Award (2007) and an Edgar Allan Poe Award (2008). She is a professor at the University of California, Riverside.



Perigee's 2010 Fiction Contest will begin accepting submissions on January 15th, 2010. We suggest you subscribe to Perigee to ensure you're notified when the contest opens. It's free!

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Perigee will consider unpublished fiction, up to 5,000 words. Each story requires a $10.00 US contest fee. There is no limit to the number of contest submissions you may make. No simultaneous submissions, please. Submissions must be written in English. Please use a standard typeface such as Times New Roman 12, with standard margins.

Please do not include identification within the submission itself. Contest submissions are considered in a blind (anonymous) manner. Your name and contact information will be gathered during the submission process and do not need to appear within the file itself.

By submitting to Perigee you agree to grant us one time international copyright to the work you submit. You also attest to the fact that the work is your own, original writing. Upon publication, the copyright reverts back to you, the author—although we reserve the right to present the work ad infinitum in our archives section, or reprint it in our a Perigee best-of anthology.

Submission options will be established on this page beginning January 15th, 2010. Please check back at that time.


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