Thank you for visiting Gival Press.

We have the following contests for authors and poets which carry a cash prize and for which a reading fee is required.

  1. Gival Press Novel Award (biennial, even years), deadline May 30, 2022
  2. Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award, (annual) deadline June 27, 2022
  3. Gival Press Short Story Award (annual), deadline August 8, 2022
  4. Gival Press Poetry Award (biennial, odd years), next deadline December 15, 2023

As guideline to the literary fiction we are looking for, we quote Eileen Gonzalez's comment on literary fiction which appeared in Foreword Reviews (Nov/Dec 2020):

      "Literary fiction involves more than just a great story. It puts ordinary humans under a microscope, examining our strengths and weakness, the heights to which we can rise, and the depths to which we may fall."--Eileen Gonzalez

     Please note that our contests are open to all poets and writers globally, with the exception of poets and writers who reside in the following countries because of current USA government restrictions/regulations: Crimea, Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Due to the invasion of Ukraine, we are no longer accepting entries from Russia or Belarus.

Please visit our ejournal, ArLiJo  which features art/photography, fiction/nonfiction, and poetry. Visit  

Please note that the next Reading Submission Period for ArLiJo will be June 1 to July 31, 2022.  Previously unpublished work is preferred; however, if the contributor holds the rights to the work and can provide the name of the publication and the date of the previous publication, such works will be considered.  Always include a short bio, your name, address, and telephone with your submission. After the Reading Submission Period, work will be accepted by invitation only as we get so many good entries via our contests that we would like to publish as many folks as we can, if not in book form at least online. Queries can be sent to with ArLiJo in the Subject Line of the email. There is no fee to submit work to ArLiJo.

Notification of the Winner:

Please note that all entrants who submit work via Submittable will automatically be notified once the winner and finalists have been announced.

In most of our contests, the judging is done anonymously by the previous winner of the award from a pool of finalists which have been chosen anonymously by the Press. Obviously, if an entrant believes he/she/they have a conflict of interest with any judge, he/she/they should either reconsider whether entering one of our contest is wise or when in doubt ask the publisher, Robert L. Giron. In the case of our novel award, an author is chosen to judge randomly from our pool of authors or an independent author is asked to judge; his/her/their name is announced once the winner has been announced. 

The decision made by the judge for each of the contests shall be final.

Best wishes and thanks for considering Gival Press.

Robert L. Giron


Gival Press


Ends on This opportunity will close after 200 submissions have been received.

During the Reading Submission Period, ArLiJo will accept art/photography, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Previously unpublished work is preferred, however, works previously published are also acceptable as long as the contributor lists the publication and the date of publication and holds rights to the work.

Please submit work in these formats: jpg, Word document or Rich Text Format document only.

Please list your name, address, email address and your telephone. Please include a short bio with your work.

The 19th Annual Gival Press Short Story Award-2022


August 8, 2022 (postmarked) Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date, if you mail the entry to us. Please note that the judging begins after August 8, 2022, with the announcement of the winner within 3-4 months.


Author will receive $1,000.00 and the winning story will be published on the Gival Press website. In addition, Gival Press hopes to publish an anthology of the winners of this award along with the best short stories submitted to the contest over a period of several years in a future anthology of short stories.


Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) stand-alone short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality, typed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with word count in the upper left hand side of the first page, along with the title. The author's name should not appear on the numbered pages of the ms which should be clipped together. Author should keep a copy of the submission as it will not be returned. Please note that the story should be a "stand alone story" —-not a chapter from a novel. Please be sure that your envelope is properly sealed.


Author Identification: Submit name, address, telephone number, email address on a separate page, along with the title of the short story submitted. A short bio should also be included. If the short story wins, the author must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on a USB in Rich Text Format (RTF)—this refers to how one saves the document on one's computer. If you submit via, be sure to include in your cover letter:




Email address

Please include which pronouns you use to refer to yourself.

Regular Mail to:

Robert L. Giron, Editor

Gival Press Short Story Award

Gival Press, LLC

PO Box 3812

Arlington, VA 22203

Notification of the Winner:

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the winner or visit our website (, where the winner and finalists will be announced.

Please be sure that your envelope is properly sealed. We try our best to announce the winner in the fall of the same year. Unfortunately, it takes time to read and judge the entries and to contact the individuals involved.

Reading fee:

$25.00 (USD) by check or money order drawn on an American bank for each short story submitted. Payable to: Gival Press, LLC. Or you may submit and pay via International entrants must send a check drawn on a USA bank routed through a USA address, such as Bank of America; no international money orders are acceptable.

Please note that Gival Press can also accept the entry free by major credit card; however, we only take credit card information by phone (703.351.0079).


Short stories will be judged anonymously, and the decision of the judge will be final. The winner for the previous award will be the judge for the following year.

Discount Offered to Entrants:

Anyone who has entered a Gival Press contest may purchase any books published or distributed by Gival Press at a 20% discount off the retail price, with free shipment. Credit cards are preferred. Kindly either call us (703.351.0079 - leave a message if we can't answer when you call and we will call you back) or send us an email with your phone number and we will call you, as we only accept the credit card information by phone.

Gival Press, LLC