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F – The Jesmyn Ward Fiction Prize

January 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Jesmyn Ward Prize will be awarded annually to one short story submitted for consideration to the Michigan Quarterly Review. The Michigan Quarterly Review has established this prize in honor of Helen Zell Writers’ Program Alumna Jesmyn Ward and her significant contributions to the literary arts.

Please submit one unpublished short story of 1,500-7,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please withdraw your submission as soon as it is accepted elsewhere.

First readers for the prize will be the Helen Zell Writers’ Program students who currently review submissions on behalf of the journal. Submissions will go through two rounds of consideration by graduate students before 10 finalists are passed on to the judge.

Current faculty and students and recent graduates (in the past 3 years) of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program will be barred from submitting. Close friends, relatives, and current and former students (in the past 3 years) of the Judge will be barred from submitting. MQR’s staff and editorial board, as well as their immediate family members, are also excluded from the contest.

The inaugural Judge will be Jesmyn Ward. The winning story will be published in the Summer issue of the following year.

The prize will be in the amount of $2,000 and publication. All submissions will be considered for publication.


January 1
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Michigan Quarterly Review


Michigan Quarterly Review
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