Fiction Writing Contest

Alice McDermott '78G
Alice McDermott '78G

UNH Magazine is holding a contest for previously unpublished short stories, 3,500 words or less. The contest is open to UNH alumni and current UNH students. Novelist and National Book Award winner Alice McDermott '78G will serve as judge.

First prize is $1,000 and publication of the story in the Spring 2010 issue of UNH Magazine. The top two runners-up will appear in the "Web Extra" section of the online magazine.

  • The contest is open to alumni (graduates and former students who attended at least one semester) and current undergraduate and graduate students of the University of New Hampshire.

  • Submit only original, unpublished short stories of up to 3,500 words. Submissions must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere. A maximum of one story per person is permitted. The manuscript should be typed, printed on one side (if submitted on paper) and double-spaced.

  • Please give a title to the entry. Do not include the entrant's name on the manuscript itself. All entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with entrant's full name, class year or expected class year, address, zip code, telephone number, e-mail address and submission title. Manuscripts will not be returned.

  • Submit entries by e-mail at or mail to "Fiction Writing Contest," Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Rd., Durham, N.H., 03824. If e-mailing, be sure to put "Fiction Writing Contest" in the subject line. Entries may be dropped off in person to the receptionist at the Elliott Alumni Center. The magazine's staff regrets that we cannot meet with entrants in person. We cannot take phone calls about submissions; if you have questions, please e-mail

  • Submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2010, or dropped off by that date.

  • Winners will be contacted by telephone and e-mail. By entering the contest, the first-place winner agrees to have his/her entry published in UNH Magazine and on the magazine's web site. Runners-up agree to having their entry published online.

  • Entrants agree to be bound by the contest rules. The judge's decision is final.

Thank you for your interest!

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