Sunday 3 August 2014

The Lake Prize For Mid Western US writers -Deadline August 31, 2014.

Starting in 2014, The Lake Prize will offer annual awards for fiction and poetry that best represents the Midwest. It seeks to reward those who see the beauty of the region, whether that be quiet forests, gutted industrial wastelands, small towns or vibrant urban neighborhoods. We believe the Midwest is filled with immense literary talent, and the intent of The Lake Prize is to illuminate the best stories and writers we have to offer.

Entries should be previously unpublished. Writers and contest entries should have a strong and verifiable connection to the Midwest (see guidelines below).

Submissions for the 2014 Lake Prize are currently open until August 31, 2014.

First Prize: $500 + publication in Issue 16 (Winter 2015) + 1 hardcopy of Issue 16
Two Runners-Up: $100 each + publication in Issue 16 (Winter 2015) + 1 hardcopy of Issue 16

2014 Judge: Ander Monson

Ander Monson is the author of a number of paraphernalia including a website, a decoder wheel, several chapbooks, as well as six books, including the forthcoming Letter to a Future Lover (Graywolf Press, 2015). He lives in Tucson where he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona and edits the journal DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press.


First Prize: $500 + publication in Issue 16 (Winter 2015) + 1 hardcopy of Issue 16
Two Runners-Up: $100 each + publication in Issue 16 (Winter 2015) + 1 hardcopy of Issue 16

2014 Judge: Mary Biddinger

Mary Biddinger’s most recent poetry collection is A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, and Sou’wester, among others. She teaches poetry writing and literature at the University of Akron, and is on faculty of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. She edits Barn Owl Review, the Akron Series in Poetry, and the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. Though currently a resident of Ohio, Biddinger left much (if not all) of her heart in Michigan.


Writers should have lived in the Midwest at some time, and contest entries should be set in the Midwest.
$5 fee per entry (one story or group of up to 3 poems). Stories should not exceed 5,000 words.
All entries should be submitted through Submittable.
One entry per person. Judges will be reading and ranking finalists blind to determine the winners and runners-up.
Prizes awarded on publication.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us as soon as possible if a submission is taken elsewhere.
Friends, family and close associates (including students) of Midwestern Gothic editorial staff, contest readers and judges are ineligible. If you aren’t sure if you qualify, send us an email and ask.

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