Monday, February 4, 2013

The Binnacle free ultra-short story contest

The Binnacle ultra-short competition for prose or poetry
The Binnacle is the University of Maine’s Literary and Arts magazine.  It accepts submissions from writers all over the world and sponsors an annual contest that everybody should enter: The Binnacle’s ultra-short competition.  There’s no fee and your piece doesn’t have to be long at all.  In fact, for prose and poetry the maximum length is 150 words (sixteen lines max for poems).

All submissions should be made via email to
Please include the work in the body of the email message if possible.

Winning entries will be published, and a minimum of $300 in cash awards will be awarded, with a minimum award of $50. At least one of the awards will go to a UMM student.  Please submit no more than two works total, prose and/or poetry.  When you submit your work, please be sure to include your postal address as well as a thirty-five to fifty word self-description.

The deadline is March 15. Contest rules here.

As a literary journal, The Binnacle accepts submissions, too, both from the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maine at Machias and from writers and artists anywhere in the world. Please submit original poetry, short fiction, short short fiction, creative non-fiction, as well as photography and other works of visual art, both color and black and white. Please limit submissions to 2500 words.

The Binnacle accepts submissions year round, with submissions made September 15 to March 15 considered for the spring edition and submissions made March 15 to Oct 15 for the fall edition.

Full submission guidelines here.  Binnacle home page here.


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