Ends on January 1, 2018

$20.00 USD
*The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2018. (The deadline has shifted since Poets & Writers went to press.)

Author Rick Bass serves as the judge for Whitefish Review's annual fiction prize—"The Rick Bass/Montana Award for Fiction”


First place winner of the fiction award will receive a $1,000 and be published in #22 to be released spring 2018. All submissions will be considered for publication, but only one story will be awarded the prize.

There is no theme restriction. Says Rick: "I'm so hungry for good stories, I will simply choose the best submission regardless of theme. That said, Shakespeare reported that all literature is about loss....so the odds are that the winning story will look at loss in some way. But who knows? Surprise me. What makes me smile when I read a good story? The basics. Beauty. Attentiveness. Crystalline specificity in an era of great uncertainty. The basics. Hold the adverbs.”


Rick Bass is the author of over thirty books of fiction and nonfiction. His most recent novel, All the Land to Hold Us, received France’s Prix Laure Bataillon for the best book translated to French, and his memoir, Why I Came West, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In March 2016, Little, Brown published For A Little While: New & Selected Stories. He is a founding board member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council (www.yaakvalley.org), is writer in residence at Montana State University, and also teaches in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program. He lives in Montana’s Yaak Valley. Bryan Woolley of the Dallas Morning News said, "Probably no American writer since Hemingway has written about man-in-nature more beautifully or powerfully than Rick Bass."

Submission Fee: $20

Submission Information

→ Prose should be typed double-spaced in 12-point Times font.
→ Submit one (1) previously unpublished story under 5000 words per entry.

***IMPORTANT***
1. Mac users, please be sure you save your file so the filename includes the ".pdf", ".doc", ".docx", or ".rtf" file extension.
2. PLEASE NAME YOUR DOCUMENT USING THIS STANDARD
     → File Naming Standard: "yourlastname_fiction_titleofwork.doc"

On pieces that we edit, authors will have the opportunity to approve all changes before publication.

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