The theme for The Baltimore Review’s winter 2018 contest is "Food."We need to be nourished. We eat to survive. We eat for pleasure. We have elaborate rituals and traditions for certain meals. We grow our food. We buy it. We bake, grill, saute, fry, boil, steam, poach, freeze, and microwave it. We're missing an ingredient. We steal it. We give it to others. We're on diets. We hoard it. We crave it. We have no taste for it. We share meals with strangers and people we love. We eat alone. We dine in fancy restaurants and all-night diners. We have no idea where the food we eat comes from. We are overwhelmed in grocery store aisles. We hunt. We harvest. We stock our cabinets and refrigerators. We don't know what we're eating, but we eat it anyway to satisfy our hunger. We have too much. We don't have enough. For most of us, at least three times per day, we eat.
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 November 30, 2017.
Final judge to be announced.