Official Rules

The Micro Award is presented annually for a work of prose fiction written in English, of any genre, not above 1000 words in length.  The following works are all ineligible:

  • Poetry
  • Performance scripts
  • Non-fiction
  • Translated fiction
  • Excerpts from longer works of fiction
  • Visual art with literary texts

Stories considered for the 5th Annual Micro Award must have been published originally in 2011.  Qualifying venues are any form of print or electronic publication designed for public display.  Self-published stories are eligible.  An author may submit one story of his or her own; the senior editor of a magazine or anthology, or any staff member designated by him or her, may submit two stories if both are from his or her own publication and neither is self-written. All submissions must include the full text of the story was originally published and a cover letter with the following:

  • Venue of publication
  • Date of publication
  • Word Count
  • Author’s name
  • Author’s mailing address
  • Author’s telephone number or email address

Submissions may be either mailed or emailed.  A self-addressed stamped postcard should be enclosed if receipt confirmation is desired.  Emailed submissions should be sent to from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011.  The text of the story must be inserted in the body of the email or attached as a Rich Text file.  It is also permissible to include the URL information for a story or stories accessible online.

On or after Jan. 30, 2012, the administrator will send each judge thirty stories he has chosen from those submitted.  The stories shall be identified only by their titles, and should any story have been written or published by a judge, it will be stricken from the stories sent to that judge.  Not later than Feb. 15, 2012, each judge will return a ballot of five stories, ranking the stories in order of excellence.  The stories shall be ordered by the number of votes, and then by the number of ranking points (five points for the highest ranked story on each ballot, on down to one point for the lowest ranked).  In this way, a winner (story receiving the most votes) and finalists (stories receiving at least one vote) shall be selected.  Should there be any ties after ranking points are tabulated, they will be decided by the administrator.  The administrator may also add one story to the list of finalists.  The winner and finalists will be announced on this website on Feb. 29, 2012.  The author of the winning story shall receive $500 US.

The Judge’s Choice Rule:  Each judge may add one story to the final thirty so long as it was not written, edited, or published by that judge.  The judge must provide the cover letter in this situation.  Judge’s Choice Rule entries must be submitted to the administrator by Jan. 15, 2012. The decision of the Micro Award is final and not subject to appeal.  Any violation of the rules may be grounds for disqualification. 

The administrator has authority to appoint and remove judges, amend and interpret rules, and decide any issue not covered in the rules.  The Micro Award is a non-profit organization. Questions and comments should be addressed to Micro Award Administrator, at