Judged by Tayari Jones

Leaving Atlanta, a novel set against the backdrop of the Atlanta Child Murders, was published by Warner Books in 2002 and has received numerous distinctions including the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, “Best Novel of the Year,” by Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing Newspaper. Tayari Jones¬ís fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New Stories from the South, The Believer, Crab Orchard Review and others. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her new novel The Untelling is forthcoming.


Caketrain is currently seeking the best short story for its first-ever fiction prize. Authors of previously unpublished manuscripts in English are encouraged to enter.

First Prize: $200 and publication in Caketrain Issue 03
Runner-up: $75 and publication in Caketrain Issue 03

All submissions will be considered individually for publication and entries must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but author must give notice if work is accepted elsewhere. Entry fee is $12 for each submission. Multiple submissions okay as long as reading fee is enclosed. Limit 3 separate submissions per entrant.

Checks should be made payable to Donna Weaver, Editor. Each entrant will receive a copy of Caketrain Issue 03. The reading period is from November 22, 2004 to April 30, 2005. Please do not send manuscripts outside of reading period. Manuscript should be 6000 words maximum, double-spaced, single-sided and bound with a clip. Please include SASE and cover letter with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, the piece’s title, and an approximate word count. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts will not be returned; all are recycled.

Send manuscripts to:
CAKETRAIN FICTION PRIZE, 174 Carriage Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642