ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest Information

October 1, 2013

Nick Adams Annual Short Story Contest

Student entries are now being solicited for the forty-second annual Nick Adams Short Story Contest, which offers a prize of $1,000 for the best story by an ACM student. The prize, named for the young hero of many Hemingway stories, was given by an anonymous donor to encourage young writers who are students at ACM colleges. The results of the competition will be announced in mid-March and the $1,000 prize awarded to the winner. Last year, “Truth in Lies” by Sarah Olson, a student at Carleton College, was awarded first prize. The winning stories from the past years are listed on the ACM website at

Each entrant may submit as many as two stories to their campus English Department. The story need not have been written especially for the competition, but it cannot have been previously published off-campus. Each department will select the four best stories to send to the ACM office; a small committee of faculty drawn from colleges throughout the consortium will then select the semi-finalists. The winner will be chosen by a professional writer. Past judges have included such writers as Maya Angelou, Saul Bellow, Larry Heinemann, Bharati Mukherjee, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Tyler, John Updike, Stuart Dybek, and Audrey Niffenegger. Stories must arrive at the ACM offce, from the English Department, no later than February 14, 2014.

The deadline for St. Olaf students to submit their entries is January 20, 2014. All entries must be electronically submitted to Cleo at