FALL 2019 PROSE CONTEST FOR NORTHEAST OHIO WRITERS
Final Judge: Mary Grimm
Gordon Square Review is pleased to announce a 2019 Prose Contest for Northeast Ohio writers submitting fiction or nonfiction up to 7,500 words. Each entry costs $8. The winner will receive $250, publication in Issue 5 of Gordon Square Review, an invitation to read at the Issue 5 launch party, and a voucher for one free Literary Cleveland class or workshop. One runner-up will also be selected for publication and invited to read at the Issue 5 launch party. The contest deadline has been extended to October 15, 2019.
To be eligible, writers must reside in Northeast Ohio—that includes the Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown, Kent, and Lorain areas—or must have a strong previous tie Northeast Ohio. Please note your location (or an explanation of your connection to Northeast Ohio—that you lived or studied here previously, etc.) in your cover letter.
Contest entries will be read blind. Please do not include your name or any identifying information anywhere on the document or in the document file name. (It is acceptable to include your name/personal information in your cover letter.)
The fee for each entry is $8. All entries will be also considered for publication.
Contest entries must be previously unpublished in either print or online venues, including personal blogs.
Entries must consist of a single short story, personal essay, or hybrid prose piece of no more than 7,500 words. (Please note this word limit is longer than that of our general submissions, so break out your longer pieces!) Entries that exceed the 7,500 word limit will be disqualified. Writers may submit more than one entry, but a separate fee is required for each entry. Please indicate the genre (fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid) in the document. Novel excerpts are permitted so long as they are self-contained. Flash entries are also accepted, but each contest entry must only include one flash piece.
Writers are welcome to make a separate general submission in addition to a contest entry (please note, however, that regular submissions are limited to 5,000 words). There is no need to submit the same writing to both the contest and the general submission pool, as all contest entries will be considered for publication. The editors will individually notify any contest entrants selected for general publication.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw your work immediately through Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event of a withdrawal.
All entries must be submitted via Submittable. In general, print or emailed entries will not be accepted, but please contact us if this presents accessibility issues. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
The winner will receive $250, publication in Gordon Square Review, promotion through Literary Cleveland’s channels, and a voucher for one Literary Cleveland class or workshop. Vouchers are non-transferable and must be used within one year.
Gordon Square Review editors will read submissions blind and select finalists to send to the judge, Mary Grimm, who will decide the winner and runner-up. Writers with a close personal or professional relationship with the judge (such as current or past students) are not eligible.
The contest deadline is October 15, 2019. Results will be announced in November 2019.
Photo: Joel Hauserman
About the Judge Mary Grimm has had two books published, Left to Themselves (novel) and Stealing Time (story collection) – both by Random House; her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Antioch Review, Mississippi Review, and Bellingham Review. Currently, she is working on a novel set in 1930s Cleveland. She teaches fiction writing at Case Western Reserve University.