The 2017 Mill Prize for Short Fiction Submission Guidelines:

–Entrants must be 18 years or older, reside, work or attend school in the Fox Cities (within a 25 mile radius of Appleton) or have participated in Mill classes past or present.

–Submissions will be accepted no earlier than August 15 and no later than September 23, 2017.

One story per entrant. Keep a copy of your story. All entries will be recycled.

Stories must be no longer than 4,500 words. Sections of novels are eligible, providing they stand alone, requiring no prefatory material. 

–All work must be original and previously unpublished (in print or online. A personal blog is considered a publication, as is Facebook or other social media.) No restrictions as to subject, style, or narrative mode. Authors will retain all rights to their work.

 — Email submissions accepted only. Send as a single document attachment saved in Word (doc or docx or pdf or rtf file). Do not paste into the body of the email. Submit your story to

The writer’s name or address must not appear anywhere in the body of the manuscript. Please include a separate cover letter with the title of your story, your name, home address, email address, and phone number.

–All work must be double spaced with reasonable margins. Pages should be numbered. Include word count in upper right hand corner of first page.

–The judge will select one winner who will receive a prize $300. The judge may also select one finalist and one honorable mention.

–The winner and honorees will be announced at a special Fox Cities Book Festival event on Tuesday, October 10 at the Neenah Public Library.


Final judge is Abby Frucht: Abby Frucht’s new novel, A Well Made Bed, on which she collabarated with Laurie Alberts, was published in 2016 by Red Hen Press. Abby is the author of five other novels including SNAPLicoriceAre You Mine?Life Before Death, and Polly’s Ghost, and two collections of stories, Fruit of the Month, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize in 1987, and The Bell at the End of a Rope. A recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New Voices Award from Quality Paperback Book Club, several grants from the Ohio Arts Council, and the Kay W. Levin Short Non-Fiction award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, Abby is also an essayist whose works have been anthologized in Best of the WebFor KeepsHe Said What?!, and Winter Tales.

She has raised two sons, lives in Wisconsin, has been part of the VCFA faculty for more than twenty years, and served recently as one of a three judge panel for the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction.


For more information, contact Steve Polansky.

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