“California Fiction” Contest 2018

First Prize: $300 • Second Prize: $200 • Third Prize: $100 • Two Honorable Mentions

One or more winners will be considered for inclusion in the “Best of California Fiction” collection forthcoming from Wellstone Books, the publishing arm of the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods. All entrants will be notified of the results by e-mail by June 30, 2018.

Entries this year should adhere to a theme of “California Fiction.” California has a rich literary history and, with the coming-of-age of Indian-American voices, we are encouraging writers to situate their experiences within this history. A substantial part of the story setting and/or its characters should be drawn from California and/or should reflect the ethos of what it means to be a Californian.


  1.   One submission per individual; $7 per submission. (Paid by check or paypal)
  2.   Submissions should consist of one short story or extract from a longer work up to 2500 words in length.
  3.   Entries should be unpublished works and should not have won previous awards or contests.

How To Pay:

s A Paypal account is required for online payment. Send to payments@indiacurrents.com

s Alternatively, you may send a personal check, cashier’s check or money order.

How To Submit:

E-MAIL YOUR STORY as a word file attachment to: katha@indiacurrents.com

For complete contest guidelines go to indiacurrents.com/katha


Submissions not following the guidelines will be automatically disqualified from the contest.

Disqualified entrants will not be notified.

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