Prose Open Contest:
Tupelo Quarterly‘s Prose Open Contest is accepting entries in all styles, sensibilities and related genres—fiction, nonfiction, lyric essay and hybrid work—15 pages or less. All genres to be judged on their own merits; no singular genre preferred. The sole criterion is excellence.
Joanna Howard, who will judge the Prose Open Contest, is the author of Foreign Correspondent (Counterpath, 2013), On the Winding Stair (BOA Editions, 2009) and In the Colorless Round (Noemi, 2006). She lives in Providence and teaches at Brown University. Read more about Joanna Howard here.
A $20 reading fee is required for all submissions to the contest. The author of the winning prose piece will receive $1,000 and publication in Issue 6 of Tupelo Quarterly. Runners-up and finalists will also be named and published.
The deadline to submit work is January 1, 2015. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us at the contactTQ@tupelopress.org immediately if the work is placed elsewhere.
Submit your work through Submittable.
For Issue 6 of Tupelo Quarterly, we will be accepting poetry, visual and mixed-media art outside of the contest. All prose (short fiction, lyric essays, etc.) should be submitted to the Prose Open Contest.
How to send work
All submissions must come through Submittable. We do not accept any hardcopy submissions. All our open calls are listed there with specific details relevant to each opportunity. Please read the guidelines for each category carefully. If no categories appear, that means the reading period is closed. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us immediately at the contactTQ@tupelopress.org if the work is placed elsewhere. Submissions may not be changed after entry. We do not accept previously published material.
Submittable sends automated confirmations of receipt, and we will use Submittable to accept or decline all work. Beyond these notifications, kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your submission, contest entry fee payment, or status in a contest. Our turnaround for submissions is approximately three months for any given issue of the journal.
Tupelo Quarterly endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), which can be reviewed here.
If Tupelo Quarterly publishes your work, we ask for 1st serial rights and acknowledgement if the work later appears elsewhere. We also ask to retain the option to include the work in our yearly print anthology, “The Best of Tupelo Quarterly,” if the editors select it for the book. Authors/artists retain copyright.
Thank you for your participation and your support of Tupelo Quarterly.
We look forward to reading your work!