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Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest Guidelines for Submission

Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest Guidelines for Submission

February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Moment Magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest. Moment will award up to three prizes to outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content, including $1,000 for first place.

Winners may be invited to an awards ceremony. If so, the contest covers a round trip flight, train, or bus fare and one night in a hotel, if necessary. All travel arrangements are to be made by Moment.

The judge published in promotional materials judges the finalists. At all times, all decisions are final.

After the completion of the contest, Moment editors will review winning stories. Editors will contact winners if their stories are being considered for publication. Moment Magazine reserves the right at all times to select material for publishing. All selected material is subject to editing by Moment editors.

Entry Fees:

$25 for each entry (multiple submissions are accepted).  Note: The $25 is a reader fee and does not in any way give persons who enter the contest any legal rights.


March 31, 2019.

For each entry, submit the following:

An original short story with Jewish themes. Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words.

$25 Reader fee.

Acknowledgement that you have read and agreed with the Official Contest Rules

No previously published works, or works already accepted for publication elsewhere, are eligible. Work may be under consideration elsewhere, but must be withdrawn from the competition if accepted for publication.

Winners will be announced in 2018. Current information about guidelines etc. is updated here on the website. We are not responsible for information in previous guidelines or advertisements. All deadlines may be extended or changed and may carry over into the next calendar year. Moment Magazine and Karma Foundation are not liable for any misprints or errors, or anything else. The contest is a labor of love. Please treat our staff with courtesy and kindness.

  • Elizabeth 19:07h, 06 November Reply

    Do you accept submissions from overseas?

    • Sala Levin 08:54h, 07 November Reply


  • zed 07:16h, 09 November Reply

    The “Jewish content”, to which extent?

    • Sala Levin 08:33h, 11 November Reply

      We leave that to the discretion of the writer. If you feel the work has a Jewish theme or Jewish subject matter, please send it along.

  • Michael Schein 19:05h, 03 December Reply

    Who is this year’s judge?

  • bernard asante 07:58h, 10 December Reply

    Pls how can we make payments from Ghana

    • Debra Levine 18:17h, 10 December Reply

      To Saleh Levin,

      Reading the General Conditions, number 8 under the Official Rules is unclear to me. Does this mean I give up my own right to publish my story?

  • Susan 14:01h, 25 December Reply

    Would you consider a story that appeared briefly on a magazine’s web site, after placing second in a contest, but has never appeared in print?


    • Sala Levin 18:10h, 29 December Reply


  • Evelyn 19:07h, 25 December Reply

    Would a previously submitted story that has been revised have a chance this year?

    • Sala Levin 10:39h, 26 December Reply

      Sure, you can submit it.

  • Silvia Anspach 17:17h, 26 December Reply

    How can I pay from Brazil?

  • lauren 16:30h, 27 December Reply

    It just needs to be postmarked by the 31st?? I am putting final touches but don’t want to make a mistake by sending it out on tuesday.

    • Sala Levin 22:47h, 27 December Reply

      Correct, it is a postmark deadline!

  • Sasha Tamarkin 14:34h, 29 December Reply

    Dear Moment,

    I don’t know what your constraints are but it seems weak to me not to be able to name a judge. Moreover, to say the winners will be announced in 2014 is so loose a date as to be nothing at all. Were the contest rules you require entrants to sign less detailed and lengthy, maybe I would be less annoyed by this lack of information. Perhaps it’s my bad character but are you waiting to see how many entries you get and then deciding maybe to extend the contest or hire a judge? Are you holding out hope to wannabe writers behind a screen of opaqueness, to be adjusted to suit your needs alone? I hope not.

  • Anonymous 03:15h, 02 February Reply

    Hi Sasha,

    If your intent in considering contests of this caliber is to be recognized as a serious writer, perhaps you should not post comments such as the one above. Just a suggestion.

    Also, had you done your research, you may have noticed that the past judges of this contest are all PHENOMENAL, highly regarded and celebrated individuals in the industry. Further, contest announcements are generally not completed on a set date, as in case you hadn’t read up to the “labor of love” line, I am sure every entry is given fair time and attention. I am sure the decisions are difficult and worth the time it takes to judge each accordingly. As a member of the publishing community and the Jewish community, I find your comments on this thread offensive. I am offended on behalf of the entire magazine, and its founders.

    I hope you will consider this advice as friendly and not in anyway meant to be discouraging. I do hope you will re-consider submiting your entry to such a fine and highly regarded competition.

    a Fellow Writer

  • Silvia Anspach 12:54h, 23 February Reply

    Have the winners been announced yet?

    • Sala Levin 11:45h, 25 February Reply

      No, they have not.

  • Jane 18:25h, 27 February Reply

    Hello. I want to make sure I understand this correctly. We can submit articles for publication in the magazine but must do so through the contest. The contest extends through all of 2014; we are just completing February now. So may an article be chosen for publication in the magazine – which has a new edition every two months – while it’s still 2013 during this extended period of time ending with December 31?

    • Sala Levin 09:26h, 03 March Reply

      Hi–I’m not sure I understand your question. Are you interested in submitting an article, or a short story? The short story contest accepts submission from January 1-December 31 and announces the winners the following year.

  • Helen Bar-Lev 13:35h, 12 March Reply

    May people living abroad submit via email, pay via paypal, or send you the money via regular mail?

    • Sala Levin 10:16h, 13 March Reply

      You can submit via email if you’re abroad. You can pay either through paypal or regular mail (regular mail preferred).

      • sherri mandell 09:23h, 18 December Reply

        if we submit from overseas, what email should we send to?

        • Sala Levin 10:54h, 18 December Reply

          slevin at

          • sherri mandell 05:51h, 19 December

            how do we pay the 15 dollars?

  • Randi Sonenshine 16:06h, 27 April Reply

    Does the story have to be in a particular genre? Is YA acceptable?


    • Sala Levin 13:06h, 02 May Reply

      There aren’t any specific rules regarding genre, but all past winners have been fiction for adults.

  • F Schmidt 14:02h, 17 June Reply

    Are the winning submissions allowed to be submitted to other contests or published in other publications after the Moment Magazine contest has finished? Particularly I am wondering if I submit one chapter of a larger work, and that submission wins, can I still submit it for publications elsewhere?
    Thank you.

    • Sala Levin 13:26h, 26 January Reply

      Winning submissions may not be submitted to other contests, but may be published in your own work (e.g., a collection of your own short stories). If it is part of a larger work that is published elsewhere, please note somewhere in the text that part of the work originally appeared in Moment.

  • Michael Schein 06:58h, 03 September Reply

    Is it permissible to submit under a pseudonym if we also include a real name? Thanks!

    • Sala Levin 10:18h, 03 September Reply


  • Sasha Factor 23:56h, 18 September Reply

    Can I write a true story?

    • Sala Levin 10:11h, 19 September Reply

      You can write a fictionalized story based off of a true one. But it does have to be fiction.

  • NSK 11:38h, 02 January Reply

    Is there a minimum age?

    • Sala Levin 10:47h, 05 January Reply


  • Pauline Yearwood 17:40h, 08 January Reply

    I am wondering why the Moment contest doesn’t allow writers to submit via Submissible, Submishmash, etc., as most other fiction contests do. Thanks for your reply.

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  • inna 11:40h, 29 January Reply

    Is there a minimum number of words?

    • Sala Levin 11:43h, 29 January Reply


  • Kamsiyochuku Obilor 02:31h, 30 January Reply

    thanks for the opportunity i will submit my application latre

  • Sasha Tamarkin 13:30h, 03 February Reply

    What are the instructions for paying through Paypal? To whom is the payment sent?
    Without knowing this, people like me who have no bank account in the U.S. are at a loss.

  • Marilyn Urwitz 23:35h, 03 March Reply

    Trying to clarify. The 2015 deadline is listed as February 6, 2015. A parenthetical follows stating that the deadline “has been extended.” Is February 6 the EXTENDED deadline, or has the February 6 date been extended out further? In other words, I am trying to find out whether the contest is still open. I know a potential contestant who has an evocative piece ready to go if it would be admitted.
    Thank you.

  • Marvin Bardowicz 16:33h, 28 September Reply

    Would a screenplay be an acceptable format?

    • Sala Levin 11:12h, 29 September Reply

      The contest is for short stories only. Thank you for your interest!

  • Adrianne Aron 21:40h, 11 October Reply

    Has the 2016 contest judge been announced?
    thank you.

  • Constance H. Gemson 12:20h, 05 January Reply

    For the cover letter for the contest, I understand you need a three sentence bio note. Di you need additional information regarding the author and the story? Thank you

    • Sala Levin 15:38h, 05 January Reply

      Just a short bio of the author (location, past publications, etc.) is fine.

  • Anonymous 12:36h, 26 January Reply

    Hi – is it acceptable to submit an excerpt from a longer piece of fiction as long as it is reasonably self-contained?

    • Sala Levin 11:20h, 27 January Reply


  • Sarit 09:18h, 16 March Reply

    What is the deadline for this year’s submissions?

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