2016 Literary Contests

Submissions to the 2016 annual literary contests are now closed. Thank you to all those who have submitted!

We offer three $1,000-dollar first-place prizes for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. The judges for the 2016 literary contests are:

  • Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction: Sybil Baker, Judge
  • 49th Parallel Award for Poetry: Daniel Tobin, Judge
  • Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction: Joy Castro, Judge

Winners of the 2016 contests will be notified in June 2016. Winning entries and many runners up will be published in the Spring 2017 print edition, Issue 74.

The cost to enter is $20. International entries are $30 to cover increased shipping costs. An entry consists of one essay, one story, or up to three poems. Please limit prose to 6,000 words. Everyone who enters the competition will receive a copy of Issue 74Please upload your entries via Submittable. Paper submissions will not be read, nor will they be returned, though they will be recycled. All manuscripts will be read blindly; readers and editors will not see a contestant’s name or cover letter. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (or in the filename).