Best Damn Short Stories
The purpose of Best Damn Short Stories is to recognize the literary merit of new and emerging authors of short fiction. Twice a year, Superchamp Books publishes Best Damn Short Stories, an anthology of short stories that features the works of at least 10 new and emerging authors. With each edition, we promise to bring readers the most engaging, interesting, and entertaining short stories that we can find.
Submissions accepted on a revolving basis. However, to be considered for the Winter Edition of Best Damn Short Stories, submissions must be received by December 30th. To be considered for the Summer Edition, submissions must be received by May 15th. All short stories submitted must be original and previously unpublished works. The length (word count) of the short story is up to you; however, the minimum is 1,500 words and the maximum is 7,500 words. (Please keep in mind that the slots for short stories with the larger word counts are limited; for example, there are only three publication slots available at the maximum word count.)
There is no entry or reading fee. At the moment, submissions are limited to one per author. We try to read every submission in a timely manner, but due to the number of submissions sent and the size of our staff, we can not guarantee that your submission will be read in time for the Best Damn Short Stories edition that you are submitting for, but when read, it will be considered for future editions.
Each selected author will receive a one-time payment of $50, plus a copy of the printed
edition of Best Damn Short Stories that their short story is published in. In addition, one author will be selected for our yearly Best Damn Short Story Award for New and Emerging Authors. 1st place cash award: $500; 2nd place finalist will receive $300; and 3rd place finalist will receive $150.
If you think that your short story would be a great fit for Best Damn Short Stories, please email us with your notice of interest (use "Best Damn Short Stories" as the subject) and send us your manuscript BY MAIL to:
Attn: Best Damn Short Stories Submissions
P.O. Box 20274
Brooklyn, NY 11202-0274
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for our response. (Remember that if you want your manuscript returned, your SASE should include sufficient postage for that as well as for our reply.) NO e-mail manuscript submissions please.