The theme for The Baltimore Review’s summer 2017 contest is "Monsters."

Monsters from books and movies. Monsters from your nightmares and daydreams. Monsters who are monstrous inside and out. Monsters who are monstrous only on the inside or only on the outside. A mask. Real. From the past. From the future. From this world. From another.

Take a story about a legendary monster and give it a twist. Write a CNF piece about our fascination with monsters (do some research). Write an ode to a monster. Write a story that shows empathy for a monster. Write a CNF piece about a particular monster's influence on your life. Write a poem to calm someone's fear of a monster. Make up a monster, and write a poem about it. Write a story in which a family member is a monster.

Write something we've never read before. Polish your writing until it shines.

5,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction. One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication.

Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. All contest entries, regardless of genre, should be submitted through this Contest link.

Please remove identifying information from the work before submitting. (But if you've forgotten, and your work moves on in the contest, we'll remove it before it goes to the final judge.)

Please do not enter the contest if you have won a first-place prize in a Baltimore Review contest within the past two years.

Deadline is May 31, 2017.

Final judge to be announced.


 







Ends on May 31, 2017

Reading now for our spring and summer issues.

Submit 1-3 poems. No fee. Please submit all poems in one document, not individually. If you later need to withdraw one or two poems, please note this in Submittable. No need to email us. No need to withdraw the submission. One submission per reading period.

Submit poems for contest at that link (during contest submission periods), not this one. Poems entered here (non-contest) do not need to fit the theme. Thanks.

Name, address, phone number, and email address on top of page for each poem. Or include contact information in your bio box.

Poems should be single spaced, titled, with clear stanza breaks.

We look forward to reading your work.

Ends on May 31, 2017

Reading now for our spring and summer issues.

Submit one short story (really, just one, no more than 5,000 words) or one to three pieces of flash fiction (in one document). No fee.

Submit stories for the contest at that link (during contest submission periods), not this one. Stories entered here (non-contest) do not need to fit the theme.

Stories should be double spaced, 12-point standard font, one-inch margins, with indented paragraphs. Name, address, phone number, and email address on first page. Or be sure to include contact information in your cover note. Pages should be numbered.

Please be sure to withdraw your work promptly if it is accepted by another publication.

We look forward to reading your work.


Ends on May 31, 2017

Reading now for our spring and summer issues.

Submit one creative nonfiction piece (no more than 5,000 words). Short works of CNF are also encouraged. No fee.

Submit CNF for contest at that link (during contest submission periods), not this one. CNF entered here (non-contest) does not need to fit the theme.

Work should be double spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins, with indented paragraphs. Pages should be numbered. Name, address, phone number, and email address on first page. Or be sure to include contact information in your cover note.

Please be sure to withdraw your work promptly if it is accepted by another publication.



Tell us a story, We have always wanted to be told stories. For thousands of years, we have wanted to hear the storyteller's voice. That's nothing new. But the technology is.

Submit your story in a YouTube or Vimeo format, but you still have to tell us a story. Flash fiction. Poem. CNF. If you narrate, we will listen. We will also look for an innovative visual experience to accompany your narration. A compelling oral storytelling presence. An energetic spoken word poem in story form. Animation. Acting. Art. Anything. As long as we hear your voice telling us a story.

Three minutes or less, please.

No fee.

We encourage submissions that are both visually compelling and have a strong literary voice. Work that would be just as strong on the page. Please do not submit content here that does not fit this category. Thank you!


 

Have something that doesn’t fit neatly into any of our poetry, short story, CNF, and video categories? I’m not even going to try to list all the possibilities. There are too many. There are probably many “None of the Aboves” that I couldn’t even begin to imagine. No guidelines for “None of the Above”—which kind of makes sense, don’t you think? So this is the box for those. Deposit here. Your “None of the Above” might be accepted for an issue or for a blog post. No telling until we see it.