The 2021 KAIROS Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

Grand Prize in Fiction: $150
Grand Prize in Poetry: $150
Deadline: October 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 year 2021, there are no thematic requirements for the prizes. Upon submission, you will submit a registration and reading fee of $10. 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. Winners for the 2021 prizes will be announced in Summer 2022. The deadline to submit your work is October 31, 2021.

To submit your manuscript, please be sure to delete any personal information from your submission. Failure to do so will result in a rejection without reading and a forfeiture of registration and reading fee. There can be no refund for pieces that are accepted for publication with another venue, so we strongly suggest to submit no simultaneous submissions. Applicants who wish to submit to both categories may do so if and only if they have submitted two registration and reading fees. Pieces that have been published in print or online (including blogs and social media) are ineligible.

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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