The Bevel Summers Prize for the Short Short Story

The CONTEST for 2014 is now closed.

The winner of the First Annual Bevel Summers Prize for Short Short Fiction is “Facsimile in Boots” by Marsha McSpadden of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Other finalists are Amina Gautier, Sharon Hashimoto, Vera Korshunova, John Lassiter, Laura Long, Kelly Luce, John Ruemmler, Leslie Tucker and Paul Weidknecht. The winning story appeared in Shenandoah 61, No. 1 in September; the other finalists appeared in 61, No. 2 in February, 2o12. See below for guidelines for the second annual award.


The Bevel Summers Prize in the Short Short Story will open to stories of up to 1,000 words on March 15, 2015.   The winner will receive a $1000 prize and be featured prominently on Shenandoah‘s fall 2015 issue. Entries numbered over 200 in 2013, over 400 in 2012 and over 1000 in 2014.  Due to abundant entries, the winner will not be announced until August of 2014 on the both the Shenandoah and Washington and Lee websites and through news releases.

3rd ANNUAL PRIZE (2014)
The submission window for 2014 is closed.

  Word limit is 1000 per story.  Entry fee is WAIVED THIS YEAR.  Writers may submit as many as three stories. The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Shenandoah; all finalists will be eligible for publication in Shenandoah.  WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN AUGUST.  No friends, relatives, students or teachers of judge Nick Ripatrazone will be eligible this year.

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”