Paper Darts Micro Fiction Award: Judged by Esmé Weijun Wang

Paper Darts Micro Fiction Award: Judged by Esmé Weijun Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang wants you to write 200 spotless words on the theme of cleanliness for an award of $100.


Hey, if you win, we might even throw in a bottle of Purell with the prize. No matter what, we just want you to blow our minds all over the freshly mopped floor.

The best part? It’s completely FREE to enter.

Award: $100
Entry fee: Free
Judge: Esmé Weijun Wang
Theme: Cleanliness
Word limit: 200
Deadline: 4/17/2017

  • All entries must be previously unpublished, 200 words or less, and on the theme of cleanliness

  • This contest is free to enter.

  • Enter as many times as you please. Please upload each story as a separate, individual entry.

  • Entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the uploaded material. Do not submit a cover letter—the readings are blind, so you won’t need to butter us up.

  • Previously published stories and stories forthcoming in other publications (print or online) will not be considered.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is accepted elsewhere.

  • Stories are first read internally by approximately ten members of the Paper Darts staff. Several finalists are then chosen and passed to the judge for her selection.

  • All submissions are eligible for publication by Paper Darts in print or online.

  • Deadline: 4/17/17 (subject to extend as we see fit).

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of THE BORDER OF PARADISE: A NOVEL, named one of NPR's Best Books of 2016, and is the recipient of the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize for her forthcoming essay collection, THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS. She has been awarded the Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress and the Elizabeth George Foundation Grant; her essay, "Toward a Pathology of the Possessed," was a Notable selection in Best American Essays 2016. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé lives in San Francisco. Find her at or on Twitter @esmewang. Read a Paper Darts Q&A with Esmé here.


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