Contest Guidelines

Ninth Letter’s 2019 Literary Awards - Submissions Open March 4-April 26

 

Ninth Letter is pleased to announce our sixth annual Literary Awards competition! We'll be accepting entries from March 4, 2019 to April 26, 2019 for our Literary Awards in three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. The winner selected in each category will receive a $1000 prize and publication in our Fall/Winter 2019-20 issue (vol. 16, no. 2).

The fee for entering each of the three categories will be $17, and all entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Ninth Letter. Your entry fee will cover one submission in one category; you are welcome to send multiple submissions in multiple categories provided a fee is paid for each entry. Electronic submissions may pay by credit card through our secure payment system; submissions sent by USPS should send payment by check or money order made to Ninth Letter.

Please read the following guidelines before submitting your work. Submissions may be made electronically at ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit

Submissions sent via email will not be considered.

 

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction submissions should be a maximum of 8,000 words.

 

Poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems, no more than 10 pages total in the submission.

All entries should include a cover letter with author's name, contact information and title(s) of work submitted. You may include this cover letter information in the “comments” section of the submission form, or you may include it as the first page of your submission document. Neither the author's name nor any identifying information should appear on the manuscript itself beyond the cover letter.

Works submitted to the contest may be simultaneously submitted elsewhere; please indicate on your cover letter if this is the case, and please remove the submission from consideration immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

 

 

 

Fiction 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 either appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s, PBS Newshour, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Electric Literature, Bennington Review, Tin House Flash Fridays/The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, will be published by Tin House Books in June 2019. You can find her on twitter here: @Kristen_Arnett 

 

 

  Poetry Judge: R. A Villanueva

R. A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). New writing appears in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, Guernica, and widely elsewhere. His honors include a commendation from the Forward Prizes and fellowships from Kundiman, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and The Asian American Literary Review. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn..

 

 

 Creative Nonfiction Judge: Anna Leahy

Anna Leahy is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor and the poetry collections Aperture and Constituents of Matter. Her essays and poetry have appeared at The Atlantic, Crab Orchard Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Southern Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere, and her essays have won top awards from the Los Angeles Review, Ninth Letter, and Dogwood. She directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series. See more at amleahy.com  

 

 

Current and former employees of Ninth Letter, current and former students and faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and current and former students of our guests judges are not eligible to enter these contests.

 

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