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  We will read submissions for The Alice Sullivan Prize for Fiction between February 1 and March 31, 2017.

The Allice Sullivan Prize recognizes a short fiction that employs a powerful narrative to enter into a dynamic engagement with the world outside its being. It is awarded annually to a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction. 

The contest is named in honor of writer and educator Alice Sullivan who has generously sponsored the prize.

​The winner, judged in an anonymous review by the editor, will receive a prize of $300, a certificate, and will be featured in the May 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. Publication and certificates will also be awarded to the two runners-up. In addition, two honorable mentions will be offered publication. All the entries will be considered for inclusion in the forthcoming issues of the journal.

All the participants will be notified about the status of their submission by April 15, 2017.

Please note that there is no entry fee for the submissions. You may, however, choose to make a donation of $3 with your submission to support our endeavor.


The Alice Sullivan Prize will be awarded to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction (this includes novels, novellas and short story collections). However, they may be have published fiction chapbooks, and/or short stories in literary magazines. We strongly encourage unpublished writers to submit their work for consideration.

​Guidelines for Submission:

​The stories must be between 300-1500 words in length.

​You may submit a maximum of four stories ​to the contest. However, each story must appear as a separate submission.

The short fictions should be original and unpublished. All the entries must be sent to us via our online submission manager Submittable

We will consider excerpts, as long as they are a part of an unpublished manuscript. Please mention them as such on the first page of your submission.

Since all the submissions will be read anonymously, we request you to not include your name or any other identifying information in your submission, as well as in the filename. 

​Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we request you to inform us promptly in case your work is accepted elsewhere. 

If you have any questions, please send an email to us at editor.hermeneuticchaos (at) gmail.com.

Our Policy

​The Alice Sullivan Prize for Fiction respects and upholds the code of ethics outlined by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, defined as such:

"CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage."

To submit, please visit our online submission manager here.

Thank you so much for your participation and support. We look forward to reading your work!