ASME Award for Fiction

Established by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2018 to celebrate the historic link between literary fiction and magazine journalism, this award honors magazines and websites for overall excellence in the publication of fiction. Judges will give special weight to formally or thematically adventurous work. An entry consists of three examples of short fiction written by one or more authors, published together or separately. Any publication edited and distributed in print or online in the United States is eligible for entry. Publications may submit only one entry. Print and digital editions of the same publication may not submit entries separately. Entries may be submitted as print or digital content or as a combination of print and digital content. Content must be dated 2020 except that one story may be dated January 2021 or the first quarter of 2021. Finalists will receive certificates of recognition. The winner receives a medal bearing the likeness of Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant Walking,” the symbol of the National Magazine Awards, and will be honored at the annual presentation of the Ellie Awards on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

HOW TO ENTER: All entries must be submitted online at Please visit the website before preparing  submissions. Print entries require the submission of PDFs of the content as it was originally published. 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 preferred. Entries that contain digital content require the submission at of web links.

Entry fee for ASME members: $50. Entry fee for nonmembers: $100.
Deadline for Entry: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Finalists and winner announced Thursday, April 8, 2021, on Twitter

ASME Award for Fiction 2020 Winner and Finalists Announced: Read the Press Release

For more information or to submit an entry, visit