Check back for updates on the 7th annual Writer's Block Prize. 




One first place winner will receive: 

  • $500 Prize

  • An invitation to read at the 2021 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY on November 16  

  • Publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.


  • Submit a short work of fiction (up to 4,000 words).

  • Up to 3 multiple entries will be considered; Entry fee applies to each submission.

  • Your name and contact information must NOT appear anywhere in the document. Documents that include author identification will be disqualified. 

  • All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via Submittable. 

  • Only submit unpublished work. Please notify us and withdraw your work through Submittable if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted.

Entry fee: $12.00

Writer's Block Prize


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