october, 2019

01oct1:00 am1:00 amSaints & Sinners Fiction ContestInternational Entry Fee: $20
Max word count: 7,000
Top Prize: $500

Event Details

The winner will be selected from this year’s submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Foundation.

The 2019-2020 SAS Fiction Judge is Don Weise

Don Weise has twenty-five years publishing experience, the majority of which has been devoted to LGBT literature. Among the many authors he has worked with are Gore Vidal, Edmund White, Samuel R. Delany, James Purdy, Leslie Feinberg, Christopher Bram, and Ann Bannon. He was named by Publishers Weekly as one of twelve annual industry “Change Makers” and listed among Out Magazine’s “100 Most Intriguing Gay Men and Lesbians” of the year. Weise is currently the founder/publisher of Querelle Press.


  • The annual fiction contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible, but must submit new work.
  • Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place in the top ten are eligible.
  • Stories that have won any other writing contests are ineligible.
  • Stories that do not adhere to the guidelines below will be disqualified. Please review our guidelines carefully.
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