Contest Submissions

Contest Submissions


F(r)iction‘s Winter 2018 Literary Contests

Guest Judges Kwame Dawes and J.M. Holmes
$1600 in Prizes

F(r)iction is now accepting submissions for our Winter 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F(r)iction is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry.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 TBL Store.

Please visit our formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL 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 Midnight, December 15!

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.

J.M. Holmes is an author, poet, chef, and screenwriter. He was born in Denver and raised in Rhode Island. His literary prizes include the Burnett Howe Prize for Fiction at Amherst College, the Henfield Prize for Literature, and a Pushcart. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The White Review, How Journal, and is upcoming in the Missouri Review and Gettysburg. His debut book, How Are You Going to Save Yourself, was published with Little, Brown on August 21 and Sceptre books August 9.

Deadline: December 15

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.

Tara Laskowski is the author of the short story collection Bystanders, which won the Balcones Fiction Prize and was hailed by Jennifer Egan as one of the best books of 2017. Her fiction has been published in Best Small Fictions, Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and others. She was awarded the Kathy Fish Fellowship from SmokeLong Quarterly in 2009 and won the grand prize for the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Series. Since 2010, she has been the editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.

Deadline: December 15

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.

Since the publication of his first book of poetry in 1994, Kwame Dawes has been reshaping the worldwide literary landscape. In addition to having written twenty books of poetry, two novels, books on criticism, and collections of essays, he's also an actor, playwright, producer, editor, broadcaster, professor, and the lead singer of a Reggae band. In 2009, he won an Emmy for Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. Kwame is currently the editor of Prairie Schooner.

Deadline: December 15

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.

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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.