Annual Bat City Review Short Prose Contest

We welcome submissions for our short prose contest which opens on March 1 every year.

This year’s contest will be judged by PAUL LISICKY.

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: The Narrow Door (A New York Times’ Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award), Unbuilt ProjectsThe Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, ConjunctionsFenceThe New York TimesThe OffingTin House, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he has served on the Writing Committee since 2000. He has taught in the writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, and is the editor of StoryQuarterly. He lives in Brooklyn. His sixth book, Later, a memoir set in early 1990s Provincetown, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in March 2020.


Submit a piece of prose (genre not otherwise specified) up to 500 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.

 We will 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 2019. The winner will also receive $500 and print publication in Bat City Review Issue 16 (Spring 2020). 

To submit please check under our SUBMIT button in the top navigation bar, or click here

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.