Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in their opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Jerry Jazz Music newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers. While writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered.

Winning stories are announced on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician, and it will reside on the website permanently.


A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story. In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author’s acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that could appear in book or magazine form. No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

Submission deadline for the next contest — the 42nd — is May 31, 2016. Publishing date will be on or about July 10, 2016. Ideally, stories will not exceed 3,000 words but stories of up to 5,000 words are considered. There are no age limitations.

Stories should be submitted by May 31, 2016 via Word or PDF attachment to, and must include name, address and phone number. “Short Fiction Contest Submission” should be the subject heading of the email.


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Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince

Ekpeki Chovwe Donald styled the PenPrince is a writer and lawyer in equity. He has an unhealthy interest in wit, pun and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s reading and when he’s not reading, he’s breathing. He breathes words.