Bat City Review's 2018 Short Prose Contest

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We are pleased to announce our third annual Bat City Review Short Prose Contest. Submissions open March 1 and close either after the 400th submission or on March 30, whichever comes first. Writers are encouraged to submit early.

One winner and three runners up will be selected. The winner and runners up will be published online in spring 2018. The winner will also receive $500 and print publication in Bat City Review Issue 15 (Spring 2019). 


- Submit a piece of prose (genre not otherwise specified) up to 400 words in length. 
- Submissions are judged blind, so do not include your name or any identifying information on the document you upload. 
- Do please include the word count at the bottom of the document. 
- One piece per submission, with a limit of three separate submissions per author.

This contest is not open to employees, students, or affiliates of the University of Texas at Austin. We're happy to read simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We will not consider previously published work.

Thanks to Ben Fountain for judging last year's contest. Check out the 2017 winner and finalists here. "The Money Shot," by Raven Leilani is featured in issue 14 of Bat City Review


Antonio ruiz-camacho

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. A former Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, a Dobie Paisano fellow in fiction by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, a John Garder Fellow at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Yaddo Fellow, and a Walter E. Dakin fellow in fiction at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he earned his MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin. His work has appeared in The New York TimesSalonTexas MonthlyThe Millions, and elsewhere. His debut story collection BAREFOOT DOGS won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by Kirkus ReviewsSan Francisco ChronicleTexas Observer and PRI's The World. It was published in Spanish translation by the author, and is forthcoming in German and Dutch. Antonio lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, where he's currently at work on a novel.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho nació y creció en Toluca, México. Ha sido becario Knight en periodismo por la Universidad de Stanford, becario Dobie Paisano en narrativa por la Universidad de Texas en Austin y el Instituto de Texas de las Letras, y becario Walter E. Dakin en narrativa por la Conferencia de Escritores de Sewanee. Su trabajo ha aparecido en The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly y Etiqueta Negra, entre otros medios. “Los perros descalzos”, su debut narrativo, fue nombrado uno de los mejores libros de 2015 por Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer y The World de Public Radio International; publicado originalmente en inglés, fue traducido al español por el propio autor y pronto será traducido al alemán y al holandés. Antonio vive en Austin, Texas, con su familia, donde actualmente está escribiendo una novela.