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Lit Pub Announces 1st Annual Prose Contest!


We are pleased to announce our First Annual Prose Contest, which is now open for entries. Submit your best prose manuscript. We’re looking for novels, novellas, memoirs, lyric essays, lyric novels, short story collections, flash fiction or prose poetry collections, and hybrid manuscripts that include prose writing. The deadline to enter is 11:59 PM EST, June 30, 2012.


Manuscripts will be judged by Lit Pub Books publisher Molly Gaudry and other Lit Pub staff members. Entries will be read blind, and at least one winner will be selected for publication.

About the Judge

Nominated for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, Molly Gaudry is the author of the verse novel, We Take Me Apart, which was the second finalist for the 2011 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. She has a prose poetry collection due out this fall from YesYes Books, titled Frequencies, which includes companion collections by Bob Hicok and Phillip B. Williams, and she is currently completing a hybrid fairy tale retelling / memoir titled Beauty: An Adoption. In her past two years serving as a Personal Statements Specialist, she has successfully advised 20 applicants competing for national awards, including recipients of 9 Fulbrights, 8 Critical Language Scholarships, 1 Boren Award, 1 Truman Award, and a National Science Foundation Woman of the Year grant.


Prepare your manuscript as a single Word document or PDF, including a cover page with the title of your manuscript but no identifying information.

Previously-published excerpts or individual pieces are acceptable as part of your entry, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished.

The entry fee is $25, payable through our Submissions Manager. When you have paid the entry fee, you will be given access to submit.

You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $25.

Entrant’s name, email address, and other contact information should not appear anywhere on the uploaded file.

Entries may be simultaneous submissions, but the entry fee is nonrefundable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Please notify us immediately to withdraw a manuscript that is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Winners will be announced no later than September 15th, 2012, on The Lit Pub’s website.

Current employees and writers who have a strong personal or professional relationship with the editorial staff are ineligible for consideration or publication. However, past contributors to The Lit Pub’s blog may enter, as all manuscripts will be read blind.

We comply with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Code of Ethics.

Contest Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. Intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree (1) to conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and (3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.


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  1. Tarin Glenn-Brown said on 07/01/12 at 12:39 pm Reply

    I just saw this link to this competition and unfortunately missed it but I would like to know more about how I can have my poetry published. I’ve been writing for a number of years so I have a small collection of pieces that could be enough to create an actual book. I just don’t know what to do


    tlp said on 07/01/12 at 4:09 pm

    Our best advice to you is to learn about as many poetry publishers as you can. Find out what they publish, why they publish it, what kind of poets and poetry they tend to gravitate toward, and then find five or so poetry houses and tend to publish the kind of poems that you write, poets like you. To help you get started, we have several large and small publishers listed here.

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