Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest

Charlotte Writers’ Club’s MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD!

Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest Guidelines

  • Contest is CLOSED.
  • Opens: February 13, 2024

  • Closes: March 19, 2024

  • Entry Fees: CWC Members: $20.00, Non-members: $25.00

  • Prizes: First Place — $250, Second Place — $150, Third Place — $50

  • Winners Announced: May 21, 2024

  • A short story between 1500 and 4000 words.

  • Please follow guidelines in Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines.
  • For inquiries or questions, contact Contest Chair.

Wendy Wimmer has spent many years in underpaid and overworked jobs while completing her degrees in English from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (BA – English), the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (MA-English) and the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (PhD – English Literature with a Creative Dissertation). She serves as a fiction reader for Barrelhouse Magazine and was previously the fiction editor at Witness Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Electric Literature, Blackbird, Barrelhouse, Per Contra, Jet Fuel Review, Waxwing and others. She received the 2021 Autumn House Fiction Prize, honors for adult fiction from the Society of Midland Authors and a Kirkus Review Top 100 Indie Books recognition for her debut collection, ENTRY LEVEL:STORIES which included two previously published Pushcart nominees. A literature and creative writing professor in a past life at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Wimmer now lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she is an editor for a large technology publication and also volunteers as the president of the board of a local community arts organization.

Check out her website at: wendywimmer.com

Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest: Wendy Wimmer