We read BLIND. No identifying information on submission itself, the title of the document, or on the title added to Submittable. We will have to decline any submission that doesn't adhere to this request. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable for the cover letter.
2000 to 10,000 words of a longform lyric essay
only. No personal essays, generic creative nonfiction, etc. DOUBLE SPACE your submission.
This submission may include a compilation of shorter lyric essays with some connecting thread, original or previously published lyric essays (as long as the compilation itself has never been published), or one original long lyric essay. The form should take that of an essay, not a poem or prose poem. Feel free to use white space.
For reference, our favorite longform lyric essayists are Annie Dillard, Judith Kitchen, Ellen Meloy, Anne Carlson, Susan Sontag. Your work must sing
, not simply narrate. For more specifics, visit our page
on the lyric essay.
Submit as many times as you wish but wait until you hear back from us before sending more. No reading fee.
Grand prize winner will receive $250 and 3 copies of the issue in which their longform essay appears. An honorable mention may be chosen and will receive a $50 honorarium and 3 copies of the issue in which their essay appears.
All submissions must be suitable for a wide audience (family-friendly).