Contest Submissions

Contest Submissions


F(r)iction‘s Spring 2019 Literary Contests

Guest Judges Lee Gutkind, Annie Neugebauer, Meg Pokrass, and Jenny Xie
$2100 in Prizes

F(r)iction is now accepting submissions for our Spring Literary Contests!

F(r)iction is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. We accept submissions from writers located anywhere in the world, as long as the work is in English.

Our editorial staff favors stories that celebrate the weird, take risks, and are driven by a strong, unique voice. To best understand our style, we strongly recommend buying an issue of F(r)iction at the F(r)iction Store.

Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. We encourage writers to submit as many pieces as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction, our triannual print journal.

Please note: We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read the options and choose your submission category carefully. For poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.

Check Out Prior Contest Winners

To get an idea of the type of stories we like, take a look at these past winners.

 

 

Deadline 11:59pm, April 5!

Forgiveness Machine

Joy Baglio

Ectophilia

Dorian Karahalios

Cinema Lessons

A.C. Koch

Short Story Contest

The winner of our short story contest will be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Stories of any genre, ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $15.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

Annie Neugebauer is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated author with work appearing in Cemetery Dance, Apex, and Black Static, as well as Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3 and #1 Amazon bestsellers Killing It Softly and Fire. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Association and a columnist for Writer Unboxed and LitReactor. She lives in Texas with two crazy cute cats and a husband who’s unusually well-prepared for the zombie apocalypse. Visit her website for news, poems, tools for writers, and more.

Deadline: April 5

Flash Fiction Contest

The winner of our flash fiction contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Stories of any genre, with a maximum of 750 words.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

Meg Pokrass will be this season's Flash Fiction judge.

Deadline: April 5

Poetry Contest

The winner of our poetry contest will be awarded $300.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Poems of any genre or form, three pages or less per poem.
Fees: $8.00 per entry, or three entries for $12.00.

Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level, finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, and recipient of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Her work has appeared in Poetry, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, and Tin House, among others, and she has been supported by fellowships from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf, and Poets & Writers. She is on faculty at New York University and lives in New York.

Deadline: April 5

Creative Nonfiction Contest

The winner of our creative nonfiction contest will be awarded $500.00 and publication in F(r)iction. Five finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and will be considered for publication.

Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.
Fees: $10.00 USD entry fee for each submission.

Lee Gutkind is this season's Creative Nonfiction judge.

Deadline: April 5

Our judges reserve the right not to award a winner in any category if submissions do not meet our standards of publication. Staff members are not eligible for participation; nor is any work previously submitted to TBL for publication if the piece received free edits from our team through our Free Editing Program.