Ends on March 31, 2018

$5.00 USD
This is our first online-only lyric essay edition, though we will be anthologizing the best from our first six issues in a print copy, expected release: Summer, 2018.

NOTE: WE READ "BLIND." Please do NOT include your name on the essay itself or on the title of the essay file or in the "Title" line submitted to Submittable. Identification on an essay will disqualify the work. But do please put your information in the space on Submittable labeled "cover letter."

And do remember, there's enough darkness and sadness in the world -- we want your GOOD SPACES. We are "a journal of good spaces."

Please read our page on the Lyric Essay before you submit.
What we seek:

  1. Lyric & hybrid essays up to 3,000 words. For flash pieces and prose poetry, send as many as wish as long as the total doesn't exceed 3000 words.  $100 Editor's Choice Lyric Essay Award. $5 entry fee.  An honorable mention may also be chosen,and will receive a $7 honorarium. Enter as many times as you wish, but only submit new material once you've heard back from us. As always, work must be smart, lyrical, family-friendly, and emphasize the "good spaces" even in the midst of darker elements. No poetry this issue. You must have a Paypal account to receive payment. If you submit work and it is chosen, yet you don't have a Paypal account, you forfeit payment. Please be aware of this. We no longer send checks.
  2. Send material in its final form, as we cannot allow substantial changes once we receive your work. We will edit to catch small things you may have missed, then we'll send the edits for your approval.
Reading period: October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Please give us several months, and up to six months, to review and respond to your submission. Winning entry will be announced early to mid-April.

NOTE: We consider "prose" poetry to be that which adheres to paragraph form rather than standard poetry forms. This is just our interpretation in an effort to distinguish prose poetry from other poetry forms. Updated 1/15/18: our newly instituted Christine Prose Poetry Award will be awarded without regard to Contest or Free entries.
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