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Fall Contests

The Madison Review annually hosts the Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction.  The finest unpublished short story and finest group of three unpublished poems will be awarded $1,000 with publication in an issue of The Madison Review.  Writers may submit one entry per genre (one short story and/or group of three poems).

Congrats to our most recent Chris O'Malley Prize winner, Kipling Knox, with his short story "Downriver" and our most recent Phyllis Smart-Young winner, James Kelly Quigley, with his poems "Penélope Cruz," "Shopping on South Broadway After a Massacre," and "Sometimes the Sky." Be sure to check them out in our Spring 2022 issue!

Submissions for these prizes open on November 17th, 2022 and close on January 17th, 2023







Please note: we accept online submissions only. Mailed submissions will not be considered.

We will also not respond to emails inquiring about whether

we have viewed your submission. It takes us several

months to get to pieces because of our backlog, but

we are working as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Thank you for your patience!


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