No theme for our summer contest. Subject matter is entirely up to you. Surprise us.

But keep it short. See how much you can accomplish, how much of an impact you can have, with a small number of words. We want to wonder how you abracadabra words into magic. We want to be amazed and maybe a little jealous of how you do that. 

One writer in the prose poem category will be awarded a $300 prize and published in the summer issue. All entries considered for publication.

Total word limit for this category is 1,000, same as for flash fiction and flash CNF. One, two, or three prose poems in one Word doc, but no more than 1,000 words for all prose poems combined. Seriously. And shorter is often better. We love shorts.

Deadline is May 31, 2020.

Fee is $5. 


Judging is blind. Please do not include your name on your work. 


(As always, writers may submit work in non-contest categories and pay no submission fee. Of course, only contest submissions are considered for prizes. Contest entry fees are used for prizes and for payments to all writers published in the journal. Every penny. Thank you.)

 









No theme for our summer contest. Subject matter is entirely up to you. Surprise us.

But keep it short. See how much you can accomplish, how much of an impact you can have, with a small number of words. We want to wonder how you abracadabra words into magic. We want to be amazed and maybe a little jealous of how you do that. 

One writer in the flash fiction category will be awarded a $300 prize and published in the summer issue. All entries considered for publication.

Total word limit for this category is 1,000, same as for flash CNF and prose poem. One, two, or three flash fiction works in one Word doc, but no more than 1,000 words for all stories combined. Seriously. And shorter is often better. We love shorts.    

Deadline is May 31, 2020.

Fee is $5. 

Judging is blind. Please do not include your name on your work. 

(As always, writers may submit work in non-contest categories and pay no submission fee. Of course, only contest submissions are considered for prizes. Contest entry fees are used for prizes and for payments to all writers published in the journal. Every penny. Thank you.)
 















No theme for our summer contest. Subject matter is entirely up to you. Surprise us.


But keep it short. See how much you can accomplish, how much of an impact you can have, with a small number of words. We want to wonder how you abracadabra words into magic. We want to be amazed and maybe a little jealous of how you do that. 


One writer in the flash creative nonfiction category will be awarded a $300 prize and published in the summer issue. All entries considered for publication.


Total word limit for this category is 1,000, same as for flash fiction and prose poem. One, two, or three flash CNF works in one Word doc, but no more than 1,000 words for all works combined. Seriously. And shorter is often better. We love shorts.    


Deadline is May 31, 2020.


Fee is $5. 


Judging is blind. Please do not include your name on your work. 


(As always, writers may submit work in non-contest categories and pay no submission fee. Of course, only contest submissions are considered for prizes. Contest entry fees are used for prizes and for payments to all writers published in the journal. Every penny. Thank you.)                            















 

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.


Please be sure to include contact information in your bio box.

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


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) or one to three works of flash fiction (1,000-word max for each work of flash fiction, combined in one document, not as separate submissions). 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. 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.


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


A few thoughts on what we're looking for:


For creative nonfiction, I 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 opinion, to fields such as history, philosophy, science, politics, religion, the arts, and other sources—demonstrating real work and fresh insight. CNF involves telling true stories about people and events using narrative techniques, with a careful attention to language. 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 scholarly articles, reviews, opinion pieces, rants, acts of revenge and other works one of us might regret later, memoir (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 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.

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



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