Welcome to the Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest. Submit your short story for a chance to be published, win a cash prize and meet one of our illustrious contest judges!
The Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest encourages writers to submit stories related to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. Established in 2000, judges and special guests for this prestigious international annual contest have included Joyce Carol Oates, Alan Cheuse, Walter Mosley, Nicole Krauss, Erica Jong, Jonathan Safran Foer, Geraldine Brooks and Dara Horn. Winners receive monetary awards and are flown in for a star-studded awards ceremony. First-place winners have included Joan Leegant, Sherri Mandell, Racelle Rosett, Leah Lax, Reena Ribalow and Jason K. Friedman. The contest is supported by Moment Magazine and the Karma Foundation. The deadline for the 2017 contest is March 15. Click here for submission guidelines, and here for an update on past winners.
Moment Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2017 contest. Moment will award up to three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content. Winners will receive cash prizes and will read from their work in our annual Manhattan literary ceremony and celebration.
First place: $1,000 plus possible publication
Second place: $500 plus possible publication
Third place: $250 plus possible publication
The deadline for the upcoming contest is March 15, 2017.
The 2016 awards ceremony took place November 15th at Hebrew Union College in New York and featured 2016 judge Nicholas Delbanco in conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
2015 Judge: Jami Attenberg
Jami Attenberg is the author of the novels The Kept Man, The Melting Season, The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie, as well as Instant Love, a collection of stories. She has written for publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, New York, and many more.
First: “Summer is for People” by Miriam Karmel
Second: “Vanished Jews of Hetta” by Jason K. Friedman
2014 Judge: Alice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, Practical Magic, The Museum of Extraordinary Things and many more. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine and many other publications, and her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
First: “Lecha Dodi” by Paul B. Cohen
Born and raised in Manchester in the UK, Paul B. Cohen read English at the University of Leeds, and holds graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Southern California. He lived in Los Angeles for almost ten years before returning to Britain. Formerly a playwright and theatre reviewer, Paul’s plays have been seen in London, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, Orlando, and New York City. He is now focused on writing literary fiction. He is married to Deborah, and has three children.
Second: “Killing Brother Michael” by Danielle Leshaw
Danielle Leshaw’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Tablet, Kveller and The Jewish Daily Forward. She is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and she is the executive director and rabbi of Ohio University Hillel.
Third: “Lead Apron” by Courtney Sender
Courtney Sender’s fiction has appeared in Esquire, Tin House, Five Chapters, The Carolina Quarterly, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.
2012 Judge: Alan Cheuse
Alan Cheuse is Moment‘s late fiction editor and longtime NPR book critic. He is the author of five novels, four collections of short fiction and a memoir. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review and other places. He teaches in the writing program at George Mason University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
First: Becky Tuch for The Inker
Becky Tuch is the founding editor of The Review Review, a website dedicated to reviews of literary magazines and interviews with journal editors. Her fiction has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Somerville Arts Council, as well as awards from Briar Cliff Review, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Hobart, Quarter After Eight, Folio, and numerous print and online magazines. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Second: Lauren Watel for The Nothing of History
Lauren Watel’s short fiction was awarded the 2012 Mississippi Review Prize and the 2005 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets and Writers. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, Colorado Review, Mississippi Review and New Writing. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Third: Roberta Newman for The Girl of the Comet
Roberta Newman’s fiction has been published on JewishFiction.net and Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal. She is the co-author of a study of Yiddish letter-writing manuals, which will be published by Indiana University Press in 2014. She lives in New York City.
2011 Judge: Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley is one of America’s most celebrated and best-known writers. He has written more than 38 books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. A few of his numerous awards include: the Anisfeld Wolf Award, NAACP Image Award, the “Risktaker Award” honored by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and a Grammy. Mosley presently serves on the boards of The Nation and TransAfrica. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in New York City.
First: Joan Leegant for Roots
© Elli Katzoff
Joan Leegant is the author of a novel, Wherever You Go, and a story collection, An Hour in Paradise, which won the Winship/PEN New England Book Award, the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Currently, she divides her time between Boston and Tel Aviv, where she teaches at Bar-Ilan University.
Second: Ruchama King Feuerman for A Beggar’s Place
Ruchama King Feuerman is the author of the novel Seven Blessings, several books for children and young adults, and the anthology/writer’s handbook, Everyone’s Got a Story. Her second novel, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, will be published in 2013 by NYRB Lit, a new e-book series from The New York Review of Books. She has been awarded a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Tablet and Self. She teaches creative
writing and lives in Passaic, New Jersey with her family.
Third: Avital Chizhik for Those Who Go About the City
Finalists: Stuart Rosh for The Muskie and Wendy Zierler for The One Lamb You Should Offer
2010 Judge: Nicole Krauss
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Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestsellers Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, which won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, and was short-listed for the Orange, Medicis, and Femina Prizes. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta‘s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 The New Yorker named her as one of the 20 best writers under 40. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than 35 languages. She lives in Brooklyn.
First place: Jason K. Friedman for Blue
Jason K. Friedman’s work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies including Best American Gay Fiction and the cultural-studies reader Goth. His book of stories, Fire Year, won the 2012 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and will be published by Sarabande in November 2013. He has published two children’s books, Phantom Trucker and Haunted Houses. His novel The Creek is Gone was the runner-up in the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in the Novel. He lives in San Francisco and works as a technical writer.
Second place: Dalia Rosenfeld for Infections
Dalia Rosenfeld is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in such journals as The Atlantic, Mississippi Review, Shenandoah, Tikkun and Zeek Magazine.
Third place: Laura Price Steele for Processes
Laura Price Steele is a graduate of the University of Montana creative writing program. She has been published in The Oval and was chosen as a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers.
2009 Judge: Erica Jong
First place: Sherri Mandell for Jerusalem Stone
Sherri Mandell won a National Jewish Book Award for her spiritual memoir, The Blessing of a Broken Heart. Translated into three languages, the book was adapted into a stage play, which opened at the San Diego Repertory Theater. Mandell has an MA in creative writing and teaches writing in Jerusalem. She made aliyah in 1996 and lives in Tekoa with her husband and children. She co-directs the Koby Mandell Foundation, founded in honor of her son Koby who was murdered by terrorists in 2001 when he was 13 years old. The foundation runs summer camps in Israel for bereaved children and mothers.
Second place: Sally Schloss for The Goose Girl
Sally Schloss is a writer for the Nashville Arts Magazine and conducts fiction and memoir writing workshops. She is working on a collection of short stories and a novel.
Third place: Kathryn Winter for Mirušenka Moja
2008 Judge: Anita Diamant
First place: Racelle Rosett for Levi
Racelle Rosett’s debut short story collection, Moving Waters, was published in 2012. She has won the Lilith Fiction Prize, and her work has appeared in Tikkun, Ploughshares, the New Vilna Review, the Santa Monica Review and Zeek. As a television writer, she won a Writers Guild Award for thirtysomething.
Second place: Judith Groudine Finkel for Two By Four
Judith Groudine Finkel’s short stories and personal narratives have appeared in literary journals, newspapers and magazines. Her most recent novel is Texas Justice.
Third place: Amy Graubart Katz for The Kiss
2007 Judge: Geraldine Brooks
First place: Joe Kraus for How Beautiful Are Your Tents, O Jacob
Joe Kraus is an associate professor of English at the University of Scranton and co-author of An Accidental Anarchist.
Second place: Andi Arnovitz for Three Dreams
Andi Arnovitz lives in Jerusalem, where she maintains a full-time art studio and creates etchings at the Jerusalem Print Workshop.
Third place: Ellen Davis Sullivan for Yiddish Land
Ellen Davis Sullivan practiced corporate law for 20 years. Her play, The Unveiling, was selected for the 2008 New Play Development Workshop of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
2006 Judge: Jonathan Safran Foer
First place: Shaun Levin for Mark Gertler in 13 Sketches
Shaun Levin is the author of Seven Sweet Things and A Year of Two Summers. He lived in Israel for many years and wrote for Haaretz. He now teaches creative writing in London.
Second place: Lisa K. Buchanan for Trade Show
Third place: Sande Boritz Berger for The Sweetness
2005 Judge: Judy Budnitz
First place: Susan Messer for Remanants, Like Dust in Pocket Seams
Second place: Andrew Fox for Raoul Wallenberg in Orbit
Third place: Isaac Leung for Notes on Jewish Beauty (or Tamara Herschel)
The upcoming deadline is December 31, 2014. See Guidelines for Submission for more information. Thank you for supporting Jewish fiction and our special contest.
Best of luck in all your writing ventures,
The editors at Moment