Short Fiction Contest

The Accent Prize for Emerging Writers

contest held annually by Boston Accent Lit

This annual prize is awarded to a short story written by a self-identifying woman of color writer from the US (including overseas territories). As per Boston Accent Lit’s focus on daring works and underrepresented voices, entrants must not yet have published a short story collection or a novel.  

The winner’s story will be published in Boston Accent, along with an interview relevant to the submission. In addition, the fiction editors (Rashi Rohatgi and Justin Goodman) will provide comments on three other short stories of the winner’s choice. Shortlisted authors will have their names displayed on the Boston Accent Lit website.

Boston Accent believes that entry fees can prohibit writers from submitting work, so The Accent Prize is free to all entrants. Of course, we do depend on donations to stay live online and active in the literary community, so we would greatly appreciate contributions of any amount if you feel so inclined. (Shout-out to our donors!)

To submit work, please make the following note in your fiction submission to Boston Accent Lit: [*Please consider my piece for The Accent Prize.] While all submissions will be considered for publication in the journal, please keep in mind that we cannot accept simultaneous submissions for The Accent Prize.  

The Accent Prize submission period runs from September 1 to November 1, and the winning story will be published in our 1st anniversary issue (Feb. 2017).

Be sure to follow our standard submission guidelines, and send your entry to

We can’t wait to read your work!!