Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest / How to Submit (Prize: $150 + Publication)
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Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest / How to Submit (Prize: $150 + Publication)

Jerry Jazz Musician calls for all writers of short stories and awards a prize for the best original and previously unpublished work.

Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction for their Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest.

Readers of the Jerry Jazz Musician publications have interests mostly in:

Music, Social History, Literature, Politics, Art, Film and Theater ( particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America). Their newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers.

Even though your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered for submission.

The contest is open to entrants from anywhere in the world, however, the work for submission must be in English language only.

How To Submit to the Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest

  • There is no entry fee required for submission.
  • Submissions should ideally not exceed 3,000 words but stories of up to 4,000 words are considered.
  • All stories should be submitted via Word (preferred) or PDF attachment to
  • You are required to:
  1. Write ‘Short Fiction Contest Submission’ as the heading of the email.
  2. Include your name, phone number and address in your submission.
  3. Finally, write a brief 50-100 word story synopsis.

Learn how to write stories for this submission.

Additional vital Information:

In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author’s acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that could appear in book or magazine form. All other ownership rights are retained by the author. If story appears subsequently in other publications, we ask authors to note that the story was originally published on Jerry Jazz Musician.



A prize of $150 will be awarded for the winning story.

Winning stories are announced on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician, and it will reside on the website permanently. Jerry Jazz Musician also nominates writers for the Pushcart Prize.

Deadline for Submission for the Jerry Jazz Musician Fiction Contest

Submission deadline for the next contest — which is currently their 65th– is January 31, 2024. Publishing date will be on or about April 10, 2024.

Read more on the submission terms and conditions on their website.

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