Congratulations to our 2018 winners, Jeanne Panfely and Mackenzie Nordahl. Their stories will be featured at our May 12 event. Thanks to all who entered!

Watch performances of last year’s winning stories, “A Good Place to Bury Things” by Emily Masuda and “The Conception” by Madeline Gobbo.

Questions? Contact contest organizers & judges Naomi Williams or Elise Winn Pollard at


Prizes: First Place $100, Second Place $50. Both stories will be featured at our Saturday, May 13, event, where they will be read by professional actors to a live audience.Eligibility: any current UC Davis student (enrolled for at least one quarter in the 2016-17 academic year), undergrad or graduate student, who has taken at least one fiction writing class at UCD (5F, 100F, 290F). Willingness & ability to attend May 13 event strongly preferred.

Judges: Elise Winn Pollard, Creative Writing MA ’09, and Naomi Williams, MA ’07

Guidelines: Short fiction between 1500 and 4000 words. E-mail up to three entries to ewpollard @ Your cover e-mail needs just your name and a sentence explaining your eligibility (e.g., “I am a first-year undergrad who took 5F last quarter,” “I’m a 2nd-year grad student in the CW program,” etc.). No entry fee.

Please attach your entry as a Word doc or PDF; don’t just copy your story into the body of the e-mail. Double-spaced in ordinary font of readable size, please. About novel excerpts: We welcome standalone excerpts of larger works. Please do not send a big chunk of a novel and ask us to choose an excerpt. We won’t.

Deadline: Friday 3/3/17.

Notification of contest results by 3/31/17.

Questions? Contact contest organizers & judges Naomi Williams (njwilliams @ or Elise Winn Pollard (ewpollard @