​​2017 Hecla Award 

Submissions for the 2017 Hecla Award open November 1, 2017. 

A first prize will be awarded in three separate categories:

Speculative Fiction

First place in each category: Your choice of a free craft class through the CWS, bragging rights, and something to add to the Awards Received section of your writing resume.

Outside judges have been hired, all working writers who have not judged the Hecla Award for the CWS in the past. The entry fee will pay these judges for their time.

Word Count:
3,000 words or less. This can be a complete short story or a chapter or excerpt from a longer work.

Submit entries to:

Please put 2017 Hecla Award in the subject line of your email.

Previously unpublished pieces only.

You can enter as many pieces as you'd like, $15 per entry.

Attach your submission to the email as a word document or pdf. Please number the pages of your submission and include on every page of the story: the title, the category you are entering (memoir, fiction, speculative fiction), your name, and whether it is an excerpt or a complete story.

Entry fee:

Submissions Open: November 1, 2017

Deadline: All submissions must be received by midnight on December 15, 2017.

Winners announced mid January at a big party in Louisville. (exact date and location TBD)


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