Contests

Pulp Literature has four annual contests for writers.  Total entries are limited in each category, giving you a better chance to win!  To hear about contests in advance, subscribe to our free monthly newsletter.

The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest

Sponsored by Duotrope!

The Bumblebee looks soft and cuddly but hides a venomous sting.  Entice us with your inviting prose that serves up a pointed ending in 750 words or fewer.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.

Contest opens:  1 January 2017
Deadline:  15  February 2017
Winner notified:  15 March 2017
Winner published in:  Issue 15, Summer 2017
Prize:  $300, plus a one-year subscription to Duotrope

Entry fee: $15
Earlybird fee (before 15 January): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 750 words in length.  Total entries limited to 300.

Track your submissions at Duotrope

The Magpie Award for Poetry

Sponsored by Duotrope!

incidental magpie 2At Pulp Literature, we have an affinity for poetry, the hard liquor of literature. We like it strong, neat, and we don’t mind if it makes our eyes water.  Our judges, will be looking for a fusion of musicality, imagery, feeling, and thought.  May the best poem win!

Contest opens: 1 March 2018
Deadline:  15 April 2018
Winner notified: 15 May 2018
Winners published in: Issue 20, Autumn 2018
First Prize: $500 and a 1-year subscription to Duotrope ($50 value).
Runners up (2): $50 each
All entrants receive a 1 year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

Entry fee: $25 1st poem, $10 each subsequent poem
Earlybird fee (before 15 March): $20 1st poem, $10 each subsequent poem
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished poems of up to 100 lines in length.  Total entries limited to 500.

Track your submissions at Duotrope

The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell?  Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling.  This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.

Contest opens:  1 May 2018
Deadline:  15 June 2018
Winner notified:  15 July 2018
Winner published in:  Issue 21, Winter 2019
Prize:  $300

Entry fee: $15
Earlybird fee (before 15 May): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 1000 words in length.  Total entries limited to 300.  Full guidelines here.

The Raven Short Story Contest

We Pulp Literature editors collect stories like ravens in the woods, swooping down on what catches our eye and bringing the treasures — sometimes sparkling, sometimes grisly, but always fascinating — home to our nests.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more.  Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 2500 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $300 to line your nest!

Contest opens: 1 September 2018
Deadline: 15 October 2018
Winner notified: 15 November 2018
Winner published in: Issue 22, Spring 2019
Prize: $300

Entry fee: $20
Editorial critique: $25
Earlybird fee (before 15 September): $15
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 500 and 2500 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 200.

Track your submissions at Duotrope

 

 

 

 

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