Danahy Fiction Prize Submission Guidelines

The Danahy Fiction Prize is an annual award of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review.

Judging is by the editors of Tampa Review, and all entries will be considered for publication.


1.  All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Tampa Review.


2.  Submissions must be original, previously unpublished short fiction. We generally prefer manuscripts between 500 and 5,000 words, but stories falling slightly outside this range will also be considered. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but Tampa Review must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Submissions are not accepted from current faculty or students at the University of Tampa. Editors will recuse themselves from judging entries from close friends and associates to avoid conflicts of interest.


3.  Manuscripts should be double-spaced and include a cover page with author’s name, mailing address, and other contact information, plus a total word count.


4.  A nonrefundable handling fee of $20 is required for each manuscript submitted. Submissions are not complete until this fee has been sent using any major credit card via our secure online service. (There is an additional small electronic payment processing fee.)


5.  Submissions must be electronically dated online by the postmark deadline of December 31 annually.


The winning entry will be announced in the subsequent summer.


Click here to submit to the Danahy Fiction Prize


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