$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.


  • All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2021 or submitted online by midnight CT.

  • Entry fee is $16 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to Boulevard.

  • Author’s name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the story’s title and “Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest,” should appear on page one.

  • Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced.

  • Cover sheets are not necessary.

  • No manuscripts will be returned.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.

  • We accept works up to 8,000 words.

  • All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates.

  • Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard.

  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.

  • The winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier, and then published in the following issue of Boulevard.

  • Send typed manuscript(s) to Boulevard Short Fiction Contest, 3829 Hartford Street, St. Louis, MO 63116 or submit online.