This contest is now closed. See the August-September 2019 issue for the winning story. Thanks to all who entered!


Jewish in Seattle is now accepting submissions for the first Jewish in Seattle Short Fiction Contest! One outstanding work of short fiction will be published in the August-September 2019 issue. 

Official Rules


Stories must be original, have a Jewish theme and a connection to the Northwest, and be 5,000 words or less.


 How to Enter

Please submit previously unpublished material of 5,000 words or less, double-spaced, as a PDF to Include a cover page with the title of the story, your name, your phone number and email. Please do not include your name anywhere in the story. Entries that do not follow this format will be disqualified.


The Fine Print

Contest is free to enter. Open to participants age 18 and over. Entries must be received by May 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Writers may submit multiple entries for consideration. Writers may live anywhere as long as the story has a connection to the Pacific Northwest and Jewish themes. No previously published works or works in the process of publication will be considered. Only fiction will be considered. Memoir, poetry, scripts, non-fiction, and other types of writing not considered short fiction will not be eligible for consideration.

 Writers will be notified of the status of their submission by July 1. The winning entry will be published in print in the August-September 2019 issue, and two runners up will appear online at

Judges will review submissions and recommend winning entries to the editor. Entries must be appropriate to print in Jewish in Seattle Magazine. Entries deemed inappropriate will not be considered. Jewish in Seattle reserves the right at all times to determine eligibility and to select material for publication. Judges’ decisions are final.

 Entry Fees:

Free to enter


May 15, 2019


First place: $250 cash

Second place: Dinner and a show in Seattle

Third place: Fran's Chocolates (lots of them!)


Good luck!