2019 Literary Contests

Submissions to our annual literary contests will open Dec.1. 

We offer three $1,000-dollar first-place prizes for fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

  • Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction judged by Robin Hemley
  • 49th Parallel Award for Poetry judged by Nickole Brown
  • Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction judged by Ira Sukrungruang

Dedicated to forming a community of writers, the Bellingham Review also offers continual support to our authors through interviews, book reviews, social media promotion, and endless words of encouragement. Winners of the 2019 contests will be notified in June 2019. Winning entries and many runners up will be published in the Spring 2020 print edition, Issue 80.

The cost to enter is $20. International entries are $30 to cover increased shipping costs. An entry consists of one essay, one story, up to three pieces of flash, or up to three poems. Please limit prose to 6,000 words. For prose that is 1,500 words or fewer, submit up to three in one entry. (These flash prose pieces will be considered individually, unless they are connected.) Everyone who enters the competition will receive a copy of Issue 78Please upload your entries via Submittable. Paper submissions will not be read, nor will they be returned, though they will be recycled. All submissions must be previously unpublished in North America. 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).