American Society of Magazine Editors

The ASME Award for Fiction

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Editors of consumer magazines and literary publications are invited to submit entries for the 2019 ASME Award for Fiction. Intended to celebrate the historic link between literary fiction and magazine journalism, the award honors print magazines and magazine websites for overall excellence in fiction.

Five finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges selected by the administrators of the National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. Based on the recommendation of the jury, the winner will be chosen by the ASME Board of Directors. Finalists will receive certificates of recognition. The winner will receive a medal bearing the image of "Elephant," the symbol of the National Magazine Awards, and will be honored at the annual presentation of the Ellie Awards on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

An entry consists of three examples of short fiction written by one or more authors, published together or separately. Judges will give special weight to formally or thematically adventurous fiction. Any consumer magazine or literary publication edited and distributed in print or online in the United States is eligible for entry. Publications may submit only one entry. Entries may be submitted as print or digital content or as a combination of print and digital content. Content must be dated 2018 except that one story may be dated January 2019.

HOW TO ENTER All entries must be submitted online at Entries that contain print content require the submission of both print magazines and PDFs of the content as it was originally published. Two copies of each print issue must be submitted. Each submission should be bundled with a copy of the entry-confirmation email attached. Print issues should be shipped to Fiction Award, ASME, 757 Third Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Deliveries are accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

PDFs should be uploaded to PDFs should be converted to a single file in correct page order before uploading. Advertisements should not be included. Pages in editorial spreads should be shown together. Low-resolution files are preferable.

Entries that contain digital content require the submission at of web links or platform-specific instructions, including usernames and passwords, for accessing mobile apps.

Submit an Entry

Deadline for entry: November 29, 2018
Entry fee: $40
Winner and finalists to be announced: February 6, 2019

To download the ASME Award for Fiction one-sheet, click here.