Gordon Square Review is pleased to announce two special contests to celebrate its tenth issue: the 2022 Poetry Contest for Ohio Writers, judged by Noor Hindi, and the 2022 Prose Contest for Ohio Writers, judged by Eman Quotah. This marks the first time Gordon Square Review has opened its contests to all writers who currently live in Ohio. For the Poetry Contest, writers in Ohio may submit a single poem of any length. For the Prose Contest, writers in Ohio may submit a single piece of prose up to 3,000 words. The entry fee for each contest is $10 per entry. One winner in each category will receive a $500 prize and publication in Issue 10 of Gordon Square Review. One runner-up in each category will also be selected for publication. Both contests open for entries on January 15, 2022, with a deadline of April 10, 2022. See full guidelines below.
Poetry Contest for Ohio Writers Final Judge: Noor Hindi Noor Hindi (she/her/hers) is a Palestinian-American poet and reporter. She is a 2021 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow. Follow her on Twitter @MyNrhindi.
Prose Contest for Ohio Writers Final Judge: Eman Quotah Eman Quotah is the author of Bride of the Sea, named a best debut novel of 2021 by Booklist and a favorite book of 2021 by Washington Independent Review of Books. She grew up in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, and Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, Book Riot, Literary Hub, Electric Literature and other publications. She lives with her family in Rockville, Maryland.
To be eligible, writers must currently reside in Ohio. Please detail your Ohio location/residency information in the space provided in the Submittable form.
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 $10. All entries will be also considered for publication.
Contest entries must be previously unpublished in either print or online venues, including personal blogs.
Poetry entries must consist of a single poem of any length submitted within a single document. Prose poetry and hybrid work are welcome. Writers may submit more than one entry, but a separate fee is required for each entry.
Prose entries must consist of a single piece of prose up to 3,000 words long. Fiction, creative nonfiction, flash pieces, and hybrid prose works are accepted. Please, no academic work.
Writers are welcome to make a separate general submission in addition to a contest entry. There is no need to submit the same writing to both the contest and the general submission pool, however, as all contest entries will be considered for publication. The editors will individually notify any contest entrants selected for general publication.
Writers are welcome to submit to both the Poetry and Prose Contests; separate entries and entry fees are required.
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. Print or emailed entries will not be accepted (please contact us if this presents accessibility issues). Entry fees are nonrefundable.
The winner of the Poetry Contest and the winner of the Prose Contest will each receive $500 and publication in Issue 10 of Gordon Square Review. One runner-up in Poetry and one in Prose will also be selected for publication.
Gordon Square Review editors and readers will read submissions blind and select finalists to send to the final judges (Noor Hindi for poetry; Eman Quotah for prose), who will decide the winner and runner-up. Writers with a close personal or professional relationship with the final judge (such as current or past students) are not eligible.
The contest deadline is April 10, 2022. Results will be announced in May 2022.