ASME Award for Fiction

Established by the American Society of Editors in 2018 to celebrate the historic link between literary fiction and magazine journalism, this award honors magazines and websites for overall excellence in the publication of fiction. Judges will give special weight to formally or thematically adventurous work. An entry consists of three examples of short fiction written by one or more authors, published together or separately. Any publication edited and distributed in print or online in the United States is eligible for entry.

Publications may submit only one entry. Print and digital editions of the same publication may not submit entries separately. Entries may be submitted as print or digital content or as a combination of print and digital content. Content must be dated 2021 except that one story may be dated January 2022 or an equivalent, such as Winter 2022. Finalists will receive certificates of recognition. The winner receives a medal bearing the likeness of Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant Walking,” the symbol of the National Magazine Awards, and will be honored at the annual presentation of the awards on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Brooklyn Steel, in Williamsburg, New York.

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