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Miniature. Mighty. Magical. What can you do with 400 words or less?

We want to read your micro-length work. How you define your micro is up to you. Fiction, creative nonfiction, prose poem—no need to categorize your work. We're reading them all in one category—micro lit.

Submit one, two, or three micros. Each micro should be 400 words or less. The submission can be a mix of fiction, creative nonfiction, and prose poem. You don't need to let us know which is which. 

All micros should be submitted in one Word doc. Please do not include your name on the Word doc.

Winners will be published in our summer issue.


First place: $500

Second place: $300

Third place: $200

All contest entries will be considered for publication, with payment at our regular rate. 


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

$8 contest fee. Please do not withdraw a contest submission and resubmit. You will be charged another fee if you do. If you sent the wrong file or need to correct some significant error, you can send a message through Submittable and, if necessary, attach a new file. Always best, of course, to take your time and thoroughly proofread your work before submitting. But things happen, we know.

As always, if your submission is accepted by another publication, withdraw it immediately. If one micro from a group of two or three is accepted by another publication, simply send us a message letting us know which micro should be removed from consideration. No need to withdraw the entire submission.

Final judge:  Beth Ann Fennelly

Submit three poems. No fee. Please submit all poems in one document, not individually. If you later need to withdraw one or two poems, please send us a message through Submittable. No need to email us. No need to withdraw the entire submission. One submission per reading period. 

Submit poems for contest at that link (during contest submission periods), not this one.  Thanks.

Poems (including prose poems, which we love) should generally be single spaced, titled, with clear stanza breaks. Please proofread your work carefully before submitting. 

We recommend that you read some poems from our online issues to get a sense of what we do and do not publish. Not that we're looking for any specific kind of poem. We like to be surprised. 

We look forward to reading your work.

Submit one short story (really, just one, no more than 5,000 words; shorter is often better, to be honest). Flash fiction, one story only, may also be submitted here. Submit only one story per reading period. No fee.


We enjoy a wide range of literary short stories and recommend that you read same sample stories from our online issues to get a sense of what we publish.

Submit stories for the contest at that link (during contest submission periods), not this one.  

Stories should be double spaced, 12-point standard font, one-inch margins, with indented paragraphs. It's helpful to include the word count on the first page. Pages should be numbered.


Please proofread your work carefully before submitting. A couple of typos isn't a deal breaker, but taking some time to polish your story before submitting it to any journal is a good idea. Also be careful not to submit a doc still in track changes mode. When you finish editing your work, accept the changes, eliminate comments, and save the doc.    


We’re going to start capping submissions to keep the numbers manageable. If writers withdraw their work to fix something and then re-submit it, this counts as two submissions in Submittable—which could end up being a problem. A minor typo? Let it go. A major revision? Send the new doc as an attachment to a Submittable message rather than withdrawing and re-submitting. But again, taking time to carefully proofread your work before submitting is best. 


No need to tell us what your story is about or include extensive information about yourself. A "thank you for considering this story" and brief bio like others you see on our website is really all you need for the cover note box. 


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

We look forward to reading your work.


  

Submit one creative nonfiction piece (no more than 5,000 words). Shorter works of CNF are often a better fit for us. No fee.

A few thoughts on what we're looking for:

For creative nonfiction, we look for the hallmarks described by Philip Gerard in Creative Nonfiction: particularly, an apparent and deeper subject, a well-told story, and the sense that the writer has spent considerable time exploring the subject and making connections outside personal experience—to subjects such as current events and social issues, history, science, politics, religion, the arts—and demonstrating fresh insight. CNF involves telling true stories about people and events using narrative techniques, with a careful attention to language.  It rises above chronological description. The narrator is involved with the subject, and there is evidence of reflection in the work. Although the work usually involves the narrator's experience and opinions, the story should rise above the personal and speak to a larger truth. Readers want to learn; they also want to feel and care. This category should not be used to submit autobiography, life writing exercises, scholarly articles, research papers, book reviews, opinion pieces, rants, acts of revenge and other works that one of us might regret later, memoir that does not employ CNF techniques, and other work that doesn't fit this category. There are many markets for them, and no doubt we'll accept work from time to time that seems to defy our criteria, but this is where we stand right now.
 

Submit CNF for the contest at that link (during contest submission periods), not this one. Work should be double spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins, with indented paragraphs. Pages should be numbered. We appreciate seeing the word count on the first page. 

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



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