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The Unclassifiables Contest is open
May 1 through July 31! 

This contest is for unclassifiable works: works that blur, bend, blend, erase, or obliterate genre and other labels. Works of up to 5000 words considered. Judged by Michael Martone. The entry fee is $8, and the winner will receive $500 and publication. Finalists will also be considered for publication.

Regular submissions are currently closed until August 1.

We nominate for the following prizes:

The Pushcart Prize
Best New Poets
Best American Short Stories
Best American Essays
Best American Nonrequired Reading

We’ve published R.T. Smith, Denise Duhamel, Donald Hall, Brett Lott, Maxine Kumin, Dinty Moore, Bob Hicok, Xu Xi, Lia Purpura, Mark Jarman, and David Kirby.

We pay $50 minimum or $10 per published page.

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Arts & Letters Prize Contest will reopen February 2018. Guidelines for these contests can be found our website:






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