Contest Guidelines

 

Ninth Letter's 2021 Literary Awards - Submissions Open March 6-April 30

 

Ninth Letter is pleased to announce our fifth annual Literary Awards competition! We'll be accepting entries from March 6, 2021 to April 30, 2021 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 2020-21 issue (vol. 18, no. 2).

The fee for entering each of the three categories will be $18, 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

This project is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council

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