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2020-2021 Editors’ Prizes


The 2020-2021 KAIROS Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

This contest is now closed.

Grand Prize in Fiction: $150
Grand Prize in Poetry: $150
Deadline: December 31, 2021

The KAIROS Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry represents the utmost talent in contemporary fiction and poetry. The two prizes will be awarded to the story and poem(s) that most represent the KAIROS editorial preference for compelling, relevant, and intimate writing. 

For the years 2020-2021, there are no thematic requirements for the prizes. Upon submission, you will submit a registration and reading fee of $12 (Please note: this fee allows us to keep our online data protected and up-to-date and allows for us to pay the winners of the prizes in fiction and poetry with a grand prize of $150 each. This is not meant to dissuade or prevent anyone from submitting their work.)

Winners for the 2021 prizes will be announced in Summer 2022. 


Changes Based on COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, the 2020 Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry will be combined with the 2021 submissions. Therefore, if you submitted your work previously for the 2020 Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry, those submissions will be considered for the 2021 prizes. You do not need to resubmit your work if you submitted to the 2020 Editors’ Prizes.

Please follow genre-specific guidelines below:


Manuscripts for fiction should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman (or similar) 12-point font, and page numbers at the bottom right side of each page. Manuscripts should be submitted as a .doc or .docx file. PDFs will not be accepted. Fiction writers may submit any one story of up to 8,000 words. Word count and title should be included on the first page.


Manuscripts for poetry should be single-spaced with each new poem beginning on a separate page. Pages should be numbered at the bottom right side of each page. Poets may submit up to five (5) poems for consideration. These poems should be submitted within the same document, as a .doc or .docx file. PDFs will not be accepted.

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