Fiction Open Contest



Each year, Razor teams up with the Fiction School podcast for our annual contest: the FICTION OPEN. The winning story and finalists are published in the Fall Fiction issue of Razor Lit Mag, and the author of the winning story is featured as a special guest on an episode of Fiction School.

Small donation required for contest entry; all entries will be considered for publication in Razor.

Click here to see our most recent Fall Fiction issue featuring Fiction Open contest winner and runners-up! 



Contest Submissions and Guidelines

  • The FICTION OPEN contest is open only to fiction submissions.
  • We accept entries in three categories: Flash Fiction, Short Story, and Novella.
  • All contest submissions will also be considered for publication in RazorYou are welcome to submit other genres to Razor Lit Mag general submissions, too.
  • There is a small donation fee for contest entries. This helps keep both Fiction School and Razor going strong. We appreciate your donation!
  • We also offer optional feedback on your entry for an additional reading fee. Entries in the regular categories and feedback categories will be treated equally and judged blindly.
  • Submission period: January 15 to May 15.


Visit the Razor Lit Mag Submissions page and select your correct category under Genres (see below). You’ll upload your story, then it’ll take you to PayPal for your donation, and you’ll be entered!


  • Flash Fiction Contest ($1 fee): any length up to 750 words.
  • Short Story Contest ($2 fee): any length up to 6,000 words.
  • Novella Contest ($10 fee): length from 7,500-30,000 words.
  • Flash Fiction/Short Story Contest + Feedback ($15 fee): same length requirements as listed above; entries will receive thorough written feedback from Razor editorial staff over spring and summer 2018.
  • Novella Contest + Feedback ($30 fee): same length requirements as listed above; entries will receive thorough written feedback from Razor editorial staff over spring and summer 2018.

Other rules and regs:

  • All entries will be judged blindly. We won’t know who you are; we’ll only see your story and evaluate it by its merit.
  • Ergo, please remove any identifying information from your manuscript before submitting.
  • Current students and employees of Gustavus Adolphus College, Marist College, and Mendocino College are ineligible for this contest.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but if your work is selected for publication elsewhere, please withdraw your submission from the Razor Submission Manager as soon as possible. And sorry about this, but we’re unable to refund your donation in this case. (But hey, congrats on the publication!)
  • Our judges also reserve the right not to award a winner if submissions do not meet our standards of publication.
  • Previously published work is not accepted in this contest, whether that be on your secret blog, self-published, or in other literary journals.
  • Razor requests first world electronic rights for the winning contest entry. All rights revert to the author after publication.