Spring 2019 Fiction Contest

Now published in Volume 9.2 of the online journal.

First Place: Teeth by Raisa Tolchinsky

Second Place: Return of the Thing by Katerina Ivanov

Third Place: Like Magic by Sami Bolf

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Guest Judge: Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was awarded Ninth Letter's 2015 Literary Award in Fiction. She's a bimonthly columnist for Literary Hub and her work has appeared at North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, McSweeneys, Electric Literature, Bennington Review, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, will be published by Tin House Books in June 2019. You can also find her on twitter.


  • You must include a cover letter stating the number of pages and word count. Include a 100 word (max) bio at the bottom of your cover letter.

  • Writers may submit ONE piece no longer than 2,500 words. This includes shorter prose pieces - submissions with more than one piece in the body will not be considered.

  • Please double space and number pages, and submit in font Times New Roman, or similarly easy to read typeface. Please be kind to our editor's eyeballs!

  • SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS: While we will consider speculative fiction, and we do love a good speculative element, please know we will be holding our speculative fiction contest in the late Spring, where this submission may be more suitable.

  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission.

  • Previously published works will not be considered (this includes work published on a blog).

  • Cash prizes will be provided to winners.

  • $4 submission fee will be charged.

  • Contest opens on February 18 and closes on March 9.

  • Submissions will only be accepted via our Submittable page.

Past Contest Winners

2017 Poetry Contest

First Place: "Cerulean" by Stephanie Johnson
Second Place:
"Above the North Candian River (after Terrance Hayes's A Postcard from Okemah)" by Derick Ebert
Third Place:
"I Should Be a Woman to You" by Arriel Vinson

2017 Nonfiction Contest

Judged By Leslie Jamison

First Place: “The Exedra” by E.G. Cunningham
Second Place
: “Aftershocks” by Nadia Owusu
Third Place: “Rice Grain Girl” by Alysia Sawchyn

“Up A Steep and Very Narrow Stairway” by Emma Bolden
“Imiryango” by Gabrielle Spear
“The Language  of What Can and Cannot Be Measured” by Kristina Moriconi