Phyllis Grant Zellmer Prize for Fiction

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  • This contest is open only to emerging writers only who have not yet published a book with a print run over 1,500.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories that have won and/or placed in any other writing contest are ineligible. 
  • Unlimited entries allowed. One manuscript per submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or work published in West Trade Review is ineligible.
  • Please withdraw your submission, and notify West Trade Review if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with West Trade Review can enter the contest.


  • Submissions open January 15, 2021, and all entries must be submitted online by 11:59pm on March 15, 2022. 
  • Entry fee is $10 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a copy of our spring 2023 print edition.
  • Submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 7,000 words.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the file name.
  • Submissions must be typed and double-spaced; pages must be numbered.
  • Please use a standard font, either Times New Roman or Arial in 12 point font size.
  • Do not include a cover page. Include your title on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Please do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judge will only consider manuscript quality.
  • Please take the judge of the contest into consideration. If you know her personally, or have ever attended classes or workshops she has instructed, please use manuscripts that she would not have seen before.
  • Include a word count on the first page.
  • Revisions or edits will not be accepted once submitted for judging. 

​Entries that do no meet guidelines or eligibility requirements will not be considered.

$1,000 and publication in West Trade Review will be awarded to the winning story.  Other entries of merit may be considered for publication. The winning story will be announced on our website and social media platforms the first week of April 2022 and then published in the 2023 spring print issue of West Trade Review.

​Judge:  Margaret Malone

Margaret Malone is the author of the story collection People Like You, Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award and Winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work can be found at BOMBThe Missouri ReviewThe RumpusOregon Humanities, and elsewhere. A co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE, Margaret lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband filmmaker Brian Padian and their two children.