The 2017 Scythe Prize  February 1, 2017 - April 1, 2017

Reading and Deliberating


Rusty Scythe Publishing seeks previously unpublished short stories and essays to be included in a printed collection, The 2017 Scythe Prize.
The goal of the collection is to celebrate new voices in a rare, printed book that includes both fiction and creative non-fiction from current undergraduate and graduate college students.
Submissions are invited from college students around the world. Last year’s edition saw submissions from 25 countries on 5 continents. There are no formal, genre-specific, or stylistic restrictions. There is no word limit. English is required.
Submissions are collected between February 1 and April 1, 2017 and should be submitted via email as Word or PDF files to the series editor, Eric Forrest, at With your attachment, please include your full name and the name of your school.
The top story AND essay will receive a $200 prize. Other selected submissions (45 were selected for print in 2016) will be included in the printed book, due late 2017.
Contact Eric Forrest, Editor, at the email address above and visit for more information.


$400, 40 or so pieces will also be selected to be published in a printed book


Story Winner $200 Story Winner $200
Essay Winner $200 Essay Winner $200
Others selected to be published in print Others selected to be published in print


Eric Forrest
Eric Forrest
Omaha, NE


11 Contestants
23 Submissions
Created Jan 21, 2017

Submit Submit Writing


  • Any Member can Submit
  • Only Stories can be Submitted
  • All Genres of Writing can be Submitted
  • Each Contestant May Submit 3 Pieces of Writing
  • Writing may be submitted 2/1/2017 - 4/1/2017
  • Winners will be decided by User Votes


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.