Announcing the 7th Annual Contest: Fabrication

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We are pleased to announce the theme and judges for the 2016 Annual Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, with a submission deadline of September 1, 2016:


  • Fiction: Kate Bernheimer
    Kate Bernheimer is the editor of Fairy Tale Review; her most recent book is How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales.
  • Nonfiction: Lauret Savoy
    Lauret Savoy’s most recent book is Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape.
  • Poetry: Eamon Grennan
    Irish poet Eamon Grennan’s most recent book is Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems.

Submission Deadline

We accept contest submissions year-round. The deadline for our 7th Annual Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry is September 1, 2016, for publication in November 2016. All notifications will be made by the end of October 2016. View full contest guidelines.

Prizes and Entry Fee

A prize of $500 plus publication for the first-place winner will be awarded in each genre. Finalists in each genre may also receive publication. Entry fee is $15 for each story, essay/article, or set of 3-6 poems (or single long poem). Submit and pay online after reviewing the contest guidelines.

Last Year’s Winners

Last year’s contest theme was (Dis)placement, and the winners were:

G. L. Grey for Four Poems
Judged by Pattiann Rogers

William Cass for “Contrition”
Judged by Luis Alberto Urrea

Lawrence Lenhart for “Of No Ground: Late Days in the Country of Eighteen Tides”
Judged by Scott Russell Sanders

For additional information, view the contest guidelines or contact us.

Abstract image of city design in the sky by Sergey Nivens, courtesy Shutterstock.

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