BOMB’s Biennial Fiction Contest

Our fiction contest returns. We are pleased to announce this year’s judge is Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be? and Ticknor.

The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in the fall issue of BOMB Magazine’s literary supplement, First Proof. All submissions will be read anonymously.

Sheila Heti

Photo by Sylvia Plachy.

Submission Guidelines

  • Winner receives $1,000 and publication in BOMB Magazine.
  • Final Judge: Sheila Heti.
  • Submission period: May 1-31, 2015.
  • Reading Fee: $20. Includes a free one-year subscription to BOMB.
  • Manuscripts must be fewer than 5,000 words and consist of a single story.
  • Include a cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, and title of story; do not write a name on the actual manuscript, as all entries will be considered anonymously.
  • Non-anonymous manuscripts will be immediately disqualified.
  • Simultaneous submissions okay, but reading fee is not transferable.
  • Story must be previously unpublished.
  • Stories must be uploaded via Submittable.
  • Email with any questions.

The winner will be announced on July 31, 2015.

The Babysitter at Rest by Jen George
Mumbai by Kristen Gleason
Gleason Bomb 141

When he could no longer stand her chatter—in France I made myself a dress of leaves stitched together with stems and I wore it by that river, the big one, the sludge, and that’s how I met many interesting boyfriends from the National Geographic Magazine—he left Nancy on the hotel roof with the chef from Mumbai.

BOMB’s Biennial Fiction Contest 2017
Paul La Farge Bomb 01

Our fiction contest returns. We are pleased to announce guest judge Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean. His recently published novel has received near universal praise; Gary Shteyngart calls it “the best novel of the year, almost any year.”

Young Robert by Patrick Cottrell

My father lived for most of his twenties, held a steady job and a woman. / That’s what I told the teacher when she asked me what my father did.