Hint Fiction Contest V

From now until the end of the month, submissions are open for this year's Hint Fiction contest, judged by Roxane Gay. 

What is Hint Fiction?

A story of 25 words or fewer that suggests a larger, more complex story. Think of Hemingway’s apocryphal six-word story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” It doesn’t have a title, but those six words convey a punch. Not only that, they stand on their own. They’re not the first line of a story, or a random sentence plucked from a longer story.

About the judge:

Roxane Gay is the author of the books AyitiAn Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women, and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. Her story “The Copper Miner’s Sad Sad Song” appeared in the Hint Fiction anthology; her story “I Know Things about the Girls Next Door” appeared in the special hint fiction issue of Wigleaf.

The prizes are as follows:

  • 1st place $100, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25.

  • All winners and runners up will receive signed copies of the Hint Fiction anthology.

  • W. W. Norton has donated copies of New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, edited by James Thomas and Robert Scotellaro, to the winners and runners up as well.

There is no entry fee.

Still not sure what Hint Fiction is? It’s strongly recommended you check out the anthology, which is still available in paperback. It’s also available as an ebook on KindleNookKoboiTunes, and Google Play.

Submissions are now closed. Winners will be announced at this website once chosen. Thanks to everyone who submitted!