As we have long said, we believe every woman has a story, and because we really, really want to hear yours, we’ve decided to host a short story contest just for women like you, women who have had a lot of life experiences to fuel their imagination and writing.
Prizes: $500 plus publication in NextTribe and a lot of hooting and hollering
2 runners up, $100 each and publication in NextTribe
Length: No more than 20 pages, double spaced at 12-point Times Roman font (approx. 5,000 words)
Deadline: Sunday, April 11th
Your work will be judged by a panel of truly exceptional writers, all of whom have published fiction and know a good story when they read one.
There are a few rules and guidelines, which you most definitely should read or your submission may be disqualified. The biggest one is that you need to be a woman over age 45 or identify as one. Read them all here.
If you’re a NextTribe member, submit your story here with a $10 entry fee.
If you’re not a NextTribe member, submit here. Your $45 fee includes your $10 application fee plus a discounted membership in NextTribe for the coming year. Click here to learn about the perks of membership.
If you want to submit without becoming a NextTribe member (but we’d REALLY like to have you), the entry fee is $20. Submit your story here.
Cathi Hanauer is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels—Gone, Sweet Ruin, and My Sister’s Bones—and editor of two essay anthologies, The Bitch in the House and The Bitch is Back, which was an NPR “Best Book” of 2016. She has written articles, essays, and criticism for The New York Times, Elle, O, Real Simple, Refinery 29, and numerous other publications; has contributed to many essay anthologies; and is the co-founder, along with her husband, Daniel Jones, of the New York Times “Modern Love” column.
Christine Pride is a writer, editor, and 15-year publishing veteran. She has held posts at various Big Five imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and, most recently, as a Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster. Christine has published a range of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, with an emphasis on inspirational stories and memoirs. In the fall of 2018, Christine left her full time in-house editorial post to focus on freelance, writing and editing. Her first novel, We Are Not Like Them, written with Jo Piazza, will be published by Atria in October 2021.
Dawn Raffel‘s most recent book, The Strange Case of Dr. Couney, was chosen as one of NPR’s best books of 2018 and awarded a 2019 Christopher Award for books that affirm the highest values of the human spirit. Previous books include a memoir, The Secret Life of Objects; a novel, Carrying the Body; and two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division. She has held editorial positions, including fiction editor, at major publications, and taught in the MFA program at Columbia University. As the editor of The Literarian, the literary journal of the Center for Fiction in New York, she has helped many award-winning writers along the way.
Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and a story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared in The Greensboro Review, The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post and others. Natalie has been short listed in Best American Short Stories.