Contest Submissions

Contest Submissions


F(r)iction‘s Fall 2017 Literary Contests

Guest Judges Celeste Ng, Tommy Pico, and Megan Giddings
$1600 in Prizes

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

F(r)iction is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. In addition to prizes, winners in each category will be published in the Summer issue of F(r)iction, and discussed in our Untethered Podcast.

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.

Check Out Prior Contest Winners

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

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.

Celeste Ng is a writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller, Amazon's #1 Best Book of 2014, and on the Best Book of the Year lists of over a dozen outlets. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, will be published September 12, 2017.

Deadline: Nov. 1

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.

Megan Giddings is a contributing editor at Boulevard, fiction editor at The Offing, and author of the chapbooks, Arcade Seventeen and The Most Dangerous Game. She has stories forthcoming or that have been recently published in Black Warrior Review, Passages North, Best Small Fictions 2016, and Pleiades. More about her can be found at www.megangiddings.com.

Deadline: Nov. 1

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.

Tommy "Teebs" Pico is a poet from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation. He authored the books IRL, Nature Poem, and Junk, & myriad keen tweets including “Sitting on the Cock of the Gay.” He is co-curator of the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, and co-host of the podcast Food 4 Thot. His Myers-Briggs is IDGAF.

Deadline: Nov. 1

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. TBL staff reserves the right to discuss all contest entries, finalists, and winners in the Untethered Podcast.