2016 Scythe Prize  March 1, 2016 - May 1, 2016

Reading and Deliberating



​The Scythe Prize is an annual publication comprised of pieces of short fiction and creative nonfiction written by budding collegiate voices. Submissions are collected in the spring, editors select a number of pieces, and a prize jury selects the winning short story and essay. Pieces selected by editors appear in the printed anthology which is available in November.


The winning story author receives a $250 prize, as does the winning author of the creative nonfiction category.


The printed anthology will be available in November and will be available through the world's largest distribution channels.


We will be taking submissions for consideration for The 2016 Scythe Prize publication from March 1 to April 30, 2016.

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To submit your manuscript for consideration for publication in 2016, please use the following instructions:

Email your submission to eric@rustyscythe.com with “Submission” in the subject line.

Attach your entire manuscript to the email in Microsoft Word format (preferred) or as a PDF. Do not attach anything to the email besides the Word or PDF manuscript; include all other information in the body of your email.

Provide the following information:

Your full name
Your college's name
Your mailing address
Your phone number
The title of your work

Submit your manuscript between March 1 and April 30, 2016.

If your manuscript is selected for publication, we will email you in June of 2016. See schedule for publication below.

Our preliminary timeline (subject to change without notice) is:

Receive submissions March 1 - April 30, 2016

Selections completed by May 31, 2016, authors of selected submissions will be announced in June 2016 and winners will be announced at that time.

Advance Copies of the 2016 Scythe Prize available July 2016

Final edition print: December 2016


$500, Inclusion in the printed collection - The 2016 Scythe Prize


Best Short Story Best Short Story
Best Essay Best Essay


Eric Forrest
Eric Forrest
Omaha, NE


13 Contestants
42 Submissions
Created Mar 2, 2016

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  • Any WritersCafe.org Member can Submit
  • Only Stories can be Submitted
  • All Genres of Writing can be Submitted
  • Each Contestant May Submit 9 Pieces of Writing
  • Writing may be submitted 3/1/2016 - 5/1/2016
  • Winners will be decided by the Moderator


Eric Forrest is solely responsible for the content of this contest, including all promised prizes. Take any promises of large monetary awards with a grain of salt. Contact Eric Forrest if you have any further questions.