Contest Submissions

Contest Submissions


Deadline Extended: TBL’s Spring 2017 Literary Contests

Guest Judges Benjamin Percy, David Galef, and Maggie Smith
$1600 in Prizes

The deadline for our Spring Contests has been extended to June 15!

TBL is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry.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. We strongly recommend checking out F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can also buy an issue 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.

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.

Judged by Benjamin Percy, award-winning author of "Red Light" in F(r)iction #5—in addition to many novels, short story collections, and comics.

Deadline: June 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.

Judged by David Galef, author of Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook and a writer whose work spans many genres.

Deadline: June 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.

Judged by Maggie Smith, accomplished poet, writer of the viral poem, "Good Bones," and author of three poems forthcoming in F(r)iction #7.

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