-1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest

Enter Midway Journal’s -1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest for a chance to win the $500 grand prize! See contest guidelines below.

Opens: March 1st

Closes: May 31st

Fee: $10 per entry (unlimited entries)

Prizes:

First Prize: $500 + publication in Midway Journal

Second Prize:$250 + publication in Midway Journal

Third Prize: $50 + publication in Midway Journal

JudgeLesley Nneka Arimah

Contest Guidelines:

Entries and payments must be received through Midway Journal‘s online submission manager under “-1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest.” You may submit an unlimited number of entries, but a new entry fee must be paid for each new submission. You may also submit to each genre. However, there is only one grand prize winner, one second prize winner and one third prize winner and not a winner in each genre.

Paste the title of your submission and your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address) in the cover letter box. Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript you upload.

Previously published work will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but must be withdrawn from the contest if accepted elsewhere.

Poetry: up to 2 poems per entry, up to 40 words per poem. No more than one poem per page.

Prose (Fiction and Nonfiction): 1 piece per entry, up to 1,000 words per piece.

All submissions will be considered for publication.

Judge:

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria, sometimes not.

Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. She currently lives in Minneapolis.

Her short story collection What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky  was published by Riverhead in April 2017 and won the 2017 Kirkus Prize.

What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky, a dazzlingly accomplished debut collection that explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home, was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Millions, Nylon, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

 

Judging Process:

 The staff of Midway Journal will select a group of finalists from all the contest entries. Finalists will be chosen for strong work regardless of genre and sent to the judge by September. The finalists will be sent to judge blindly. A winner will be announced in October.