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$25.00 USD


The 18th Annual Gival Press Short Story Award-2021 


August 8, 2021 (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, 2021, 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Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) stand-alone short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality, typed, double-spaced on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 https://givalpress.submittable.com, 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 (http://www.givalpress.com), 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 Submittable.com.  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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.