Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Literary Contest

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions for the 2016 Nelson Algren Literary Award are closed. Please check back for more information on future contests. 

The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Awards is a nationally recognized contest for original short fiction, named in honor of the Chicago literary great Nelson Algren. The contest has been held annually since 1981. The award has been presented to a number of distinguished authors, including Louise Erdrich and Stuart Dybek.

There will be one winner ($3,500), four finalists ($1,000) and five runners-up ($500 each), and all stories will be considered for publication in Printers Row, the Tribune's digital literary journal.