Short Short Contest:

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Sonora Review is given annually for a short short story. Joe Wenderoth will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the Summer 2010 issue of Sonora Review, by May 1. Include a cover page with your full name and current address.

Short Essay Contest:

$1000 and publication in Sonora Review will be given for the first annual Concentrated Nonfiction Contest. The inaugural contest will be judged by Ander Monson. Submit a work of unpublished nonfiction, up to 1,000 words, by June 1st. Entry fee is $15, which includes a copy of the Summer 2010 issue of Sonora Review. Include a cover letter with full name, title of work, mailing and email address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

By “concentrated nonfiction” we mean a short essay of any variety under 1000 words, not limited to any specific type of essay. In fact, we encourage creativity that projects the malleability of the form. We also are willing to publish multimedia essays as long as the main force of the essay is through language (and it is short).

Submit Online Through Submishmash. Click Here.

Simply click on the type of contest you’d like to submit to, register, pay, and we’re all good to go.

Send Submissions To:

Sonora Review. Contest

Department of English, University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721


  1. the short short blurb here says it is to be up to 1,000 words, but previous instructions say no more than 100. I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be no more than 100 so I think this is more of a heads up than a question, eh?

  2. For website publication, shortshorts must be under 100 words.

    For the contest, the limit is 1000.

  3. My favorite sport is soccer
    i can play it every day
    i love to kick the play ground

    i practice every day
    i practive really really hard
    hoping to get better
    my favorite sport is soccer

    soccer is my whole life
    soccer is what make me live
    soccer is what makes me give
    my favorite is sport is soccer

  4. The March-April issue of POETS AND WRITERS shows a call for essays “up to 10,000 words.” I’m guessing, to judge from materials on your site, that there’s an extra zero there, right? A misprint, in short.

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