2017 Consequence Magazine Women Writing War Fiction Award Guidelines
JUDGE: Siobhan Fallon
$250 Honorarium and Publication
SUBMIT: July 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017
The fiction contest is open to women and those identifying as women. Contest entries from all others will not be read.
The contest fee is non-refundable.
Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war; the topic is not limited to military matters, but includes social, political and cultural subjects.
All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the story itself. Entries must be submitted online, and a non-refundable $10 entry fee is payable through PayPal.
Send no more than one story. CONSEQUENCE will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 2 years) affiliated with the prize judge. (Previous judges have included Anne Germanacos, Jesse Goolsby, and Hester Kaplan.) Each story must not exceed 15 double-spaced pages in 12-point font. Previously published works (print and electronic, including websites and blogs) and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Stories that do not meet submissions requirements will be disqualified. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted story is accepted elsewhere.
Siobhan Fallon is the author of The Confusion of Languages (June 2017), and You Know When the Men Are Gone, which won the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction, the Indies Choice Honor Award, and the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction. Theatrical productions of her stories have been staged in California, Colorado, Texas, and France. More of Siobhan’s essays and fiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Guernica, New Letters, Huffington Post, Washington Post Magazine, and Military Spouse Magazine. Siobhan and her family moved to Jordan in 2011 and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Announcing the 2016 Consequence Prize in Fiction Winner
Hester Kaplan selected the winning story: “Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue” by Jeff Burt.
About the selected story Hester Kaplan wrote:
“Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue” explores in beautiful and spare prose the unlikely—and life-saving—friendship between neighbors touched by war, one a Viet Nam vet, the other a Vietnamese man whose village was bombed when he was a boy. Initially wary of each other, and both isolated by loss, the two men find common ground and solace in the rituals of fishing together, and as the narrator describes it, a way to alleviate “the pain and feeling of chaos building inside me.” An exquisitely rendered episode of a fellow soldier’s death haunts “Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue,” a reminder that the echoes of war are always with us. This is a fully-felt, powerful, and deeply moving piece of work.”
2015 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize
Selected by Jesse Goolsby
Awarded to Teresa Fazio
For her story “Float”
2014 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize
Selected by Anne Germanacos
Awarded to J.A. Moad II
For his story “Quittin’ Meth”