Ends on April 30, 2019

$6.00 USD

Award: $500

Entry fee: $6

Judge: R. O. Kwon

Word limit: 1,200

Deadline: 4/30/19

Submission process:

  • All entries must be previously unpublished and 1,200 words or less.

  • The entry fee is $6.

  • Enter as many times as you please. Each entry requires an entry fee of $6. If you include more than one story in your uploaded file without paying an entry fee for each, your submission will not be considered.

  • 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, but the entry fee will not be refunded if the story is accepted elsewhere.

  • Notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is accepted elsewhere.

  • Entries are first read and evaluated by the Paper Darts team, then five finalists are selected for the judge's consideration.

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

  • All entries due 4/30/19 (subject to extend as we see fit).


R. O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.). The Incendiaries is being translated into five languages and was named a best book of the year by over forty publications. The novel is an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book, Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, and Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize. In addition, The Incendiaries is nominated for the Aspen Prize and American Library Association Carnegie Medal. 

Kwon’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Paris Review, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, The Cut, Time, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Born in South Korea, she has mostly lived in the United States.