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 magazine or website edited and published 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 2019 except that one story may be dated January 2020. Finalists will receive certificates of recognition. The winner receives a medal bearing the likeness of Alexander Calder’s stabile “Walking Elephant,” the symbol of the National Magazine Awards, and will be honored at the annual presentation of the Ellie Awards on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

HOW TO ENTER: All entries must be submitted online at Please visit the website before preparing submissions. Entries that contain print content require the submission of both print magazines and PDFs of the content as it was originally published. Two copies of each issue must be submitted. Each submission should be bundled with a copy of the entry-confirmation email attached. Magazines should be shipped to Ellie Awards, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Pulitzer Hall, Room 104, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Deliveries are accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

PDFs should be uploaded to PDFs should be converted to a single file in correct page order before uploading. Advertisements should not be included. Pages in editorial spreads should be shown together. Low-resolution files are preferred. Entries that contain digital content require the submission at of web links or platform-specific instructions, including user names and passwords, for accessing mobile apps.

Entry fee: $40. Finalists and winner announced February 4, 2020
For more information, email [email protected]
To enter, go to