2017 Contest Judges Announced

Fugue is extremely excited to announce Edan Lepucki (prose) and Traci Brimhall (poetry) as our 2017 Annual Writing Contest judges! Submissions officially open on January 1st and will close on March 15th. Check out our submission page for guidelines. 

Edan Lepucki, author of New York Times bestseller California (Little, Brown 2014) and a forthcoming novel, Woman No. 17 (Hogarth/Crown 2017). Lepucki is the prose judge for Fugue's 2017 Annual Writing Contest.

Traci Brimhall, author of Saudade (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press), Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton 2012), and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press 2010). Brimhall is the poetry judge for Fugue's 2017 Annual Writing Contest.

Fugue's 2016 Poetry and Prose Contest Winners Announced!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our annual poetry and prose contests!

Poetry Winner: "Bland Meditations" by Mark Jay Brewin Jr.

Mark Jay Brewin Jr. is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Humanities Review, The Cortland Review, Copper Nickel, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere, as well as been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes. His first book manuscript Scrap Iron won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize at the University of Utah Press. He is currently a Contributing Editor for the poetry journal Cave Wall.


Prose Winner: "In the Arms of a Sequoia" by Mary Mandeville


Mary Mandeville lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner, surviving son, and two rescued pitbulls. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Voice Catcher, Nailed!, Role ReBoot, Brain, Child, and the 2015 Anthology She Holds the Face of the World. Her essay, "Messages," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Poetry Runners-Up:

"Partings" by Caitlin Scarano

"Preludes for Solo Piano" by Ruby Turok

Prose Runners-Up:

"Chicken Shit, Chicken Salad" by Peter Gurche

"Small Monuments" by Molly Olguin


A great big thank you to our judges Megan Kruse and Rose McLarney, as well as everyone who submitted to this year's contest! Winners receive $1,000 and publication in the upcoming Fall issue of Fugue. We received a large number of submissions and enjoyed reading everyone's work with care. We look forward to seeing what everyone's been working on this summer when our general submission period re-opens September 1st!

20 Days Left to Enter Fugue's 2016 Poetry and Prose Contests



2016 JUDGES:

Rose McLarney's second book, Its Day Being Gone, won the National Poetry Series award and was published by Penguin in May 2014. Her first book, The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, was published by Four Way Books.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including The  Kenyon Review, Orion,  Slate, The New England Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, and Mudlark. McLarney earned her MFA from Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers and has taught writing at the college. She is currently Assistant Poetry Professor at Auburn University.


Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Seattle. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, “Call Me Home,” was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015. Find her at www.megannicolekruse.com.


2015 Poetry and Prose Contest Winners Announced

We are please to announce this year's winners and runners-up in the 2015 Annual Poetry and Prose Contest!

Poetry Winner: "Fear Not, Mary" by KC Trommer 

KC Trommer is the author of the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has been awarded fellowships from the Table 4 Writers Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Prague Summer Program. Her poems have appeared in Agni, The Antioch Review, Octopus, The Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East and a number of other journals. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first collection of poems and is writing poems for her second collection. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her son.


Prose Winner: "Days in the Coillte" by Kara Whelan

Kara Whelan was born in Spokane, WA. She is a graduate of Western Washington University where she received a BA in English Literature. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids. Her short fiction can also be found in the anthology, American Fiction Volume 14 (New Rivers Press).


Poetry Runners-Up: "Security Guard at the Gardner Heist" by Liz Robbins and "That Douchebag Norma Jean Next to Me at The Crescent" by Jeff Walt

Prose Runners-Up: "River Home" by Ah-reum Han and "The Fickle Nature of Germination" by Dino Parenti


Winners receive $1,000 and publication in this fall's 25th anniversary issue of Fugue. All runners-up will be considered for publication. We would like to greatly thank our judges Dagoberto Gilb and Kevin Prufer and everyone who submitted to this year's contest! We received a large number of submissions and enjoyed reading everyone's work with care. Keep writing and submitting! Our general submission period re-opens September 1st!

Flight of Writers tickets are now available for online purchase!

Flight of Writers, our annual fundraiser, is a wonderful night pairing readers' work with wine! This year we have reads from across the Northwest for the night, including Corrie Williamson, D.J. Lee, Sam Ligon, Brandon Schrand, and Eric Greenwell. The event will be held at Bloom, in beautiful downtown Moscow, on Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 or $25 with student ID. Student tickets are only available through the English Department's front office. Only 50 will be sold, so be sure to grab yours here or in the English department's front office at 200 Brink!

Purchase your tickets here!

Contest Submissions Now Open

Submissions are now open for Fugue's poetry and prose contests. Submissions will be accepted through May 1st. One winner in each category will receive a prize of $1000 and publication in Fugue. Kevin Prufer will select the poetry winner, and Dagoberto Gilb will select the prose winner. The entry fee is $15.

To submit, simply click on "submit" at the top of this page, then find the link for contest submissions. You may also follow Fugue on Twitter or like us on Facebook for contest updates. Submit your best work, and good luck!

2015 Poetry and Prose Contests

Beginning January 1st, 2015, Fugue will be accepting submissions for our 2015 poetry and prose contests. Entries will be accepted through May 1st, 2015. The winner for poetry will be selected by Kevin Prufer, and the prose winner will be chosen by Dagoberto Gilb. See the announcement below, and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more details coming soon!

Pushcart Nominations!

We are pleased to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize! We are so thankful to get the opportunity to publish so many wonderful writers every year. Congrats, everyone and good luck!

"The Great Siwash Shoe War" by Mark Baumgartner
"A Romance" by Danielle Cadena Deulen
"Weregild" by Judd Hess
"After the World Has Ended" by Shivani Mehta

The Fugue Issue 47 release party was a blast!

Kerry James Evans

Kerry James Evans

Socializing after the reading

Socializing after the reading

In celebration of the release of Fugue Issue 47, One World Cafe in downtown Moscow, Idaho hosted a party on October 14th featuring two readers from past issues of Fugue. Those unable to attend missed a great time, but can perhaps console themselves by looking at these pictures from the event. A special thanks to One World Cafe for hosting, and to readers Kerry James Evans and Travis Mossotti for making the evening extra special.

Travis Mossotti

Travis Mossotti

Engrossed by the poets

Engrossed by the poets

Thanks to all who attended! The evening was a big success because of you, and Fugue would not be possible without your continued support.

Details for the upcoming Issue 47 Release Party

Fugue is honored to welcome guest readers Travis Mossotti and Kerry James Evans to Moscow for Fugue's Issue 47 Release party. As previously mentioned, the event will take place at One World Cafe in downtown Moscow, on October 14th, beginning at 7 PM. Refreshments will be available for purchase, as will the new issue of Fugue, hot off the presses. Join us to have a great time while helping to support Idaho's premier student-run arts journal.

Fugue Issue 47 Release Party

Fugue is pleased to announce the release party for the upcoming fall/winter issue. The party will be held Tuesday, October 14th at One World Cafe, 533 S. Main Street in downtown Moscow, Idaho. The event will begin at 7 PM and will feature guest readers published in previous issues of Fugue.  More details are to follow here, or like Fugue on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates. Make plans to join us for great readings in a fabulous venue, and special thanks to One World Cafe for their support in making this event possible.

2014 Contest Winners Announced!

We are pleased to announce our contest winners for the 2014 Annual Poetry and Prose Contest!

Poetry Winner: "Weregild" by Judd Hess
Prose Winner: "The Great Siwash Shoe War" by Mark Baumgartner 

Judd Hess and Mark Baumgartner will both receive a cash prize of $1,000 and their winning submissions will appear in Fugue’s summer/fall issue 47. 

A big THANK YOU goes out to this year's judges, Kevin Canty (prose) and Cate Marvin (poetry), as well as to everyone who submitted their work. We received a large amount of submissions and greatly enjoyed reading everyone's work with care. Please keep writing and submitting! 

EIC July Call for Submissions


We're shaking things up here at Fugue. Our new staff is on board and excited to get started when the new general submission period roles around (Sept. 1). BUT now that we're caught up from the last submission period and waiting to hear back from our contest judges, I didn't want to miss out on the spectacular writing happening this summer.

SO... July 1-31 we will open a special submission period! Fugue gets so many submissions during the academic year, which is fantastic, but it also means that I unfortunately don't get to read all of the wonderful work sent our way. The idea behind this month is if you send it, I will get to read it! It's summertime, after all. I will read as quickly as possible, but also give me time to get through everything please! This is why the response time is approximately 1-2 months. For more on the guidelines, click here.

We’re also excited to introduce our new “hybrid” category in Submittable. How do we define hybrid? You tell us. It’s writing that crosses boundaries. It leaps over the lines drawn by genre. Often, we believe it breathes new life into a piece. It’s exploratory and imaginative. If you send it, we’ll consider it.

Have questions? Shoot us an email at fugue@uidaho.edu or tweet us @fuguejournal.

Help spread the word! Send your best!

It's going to be a great July.


Issue 46 Released!

Fugue’s 46th Issue, our online winter/spring issue, is released! You can view it, in full, here on our website. The new issue includes new poetry by John Nieves, Scott Penney, M. J. Gette, Catherine Champion, Nathan Slinker, Anna Leahy, Nick Flynn, Shivani Mehta, Sam Grenrock, Travis Mossotti, Gina Williams, Jacob Boyd, Danielle Cadena Deulen, Jennifer Givhan, Jacob Newberry, and Mark Wagenaar; new nonfiction by Dustin Parsons, Gina Troisi, and Dionisia Morales; and new fiction by Nate Liederbach, Anne Elliott, and Mark Richardson. The cover was created and edited by Lucy Holtsnider. You can read the new issue, in full, on our Current Issue page. Subscribers to Fugue also receive the link to this issue via email along with bonus content pulled from Fugue’s archives. Subscribers also receive our summer/fall print issue which includes our Annual Writing Contest winners. For more information about a subscription, please check our Subscribe page.

Flight of Writers, Another Success

Flight of Writers 2014 was a huge success, selling out for the second year in a row and packing the house at Bloom Restaurant here in Moscow. We had a blast discovering that Robert Wrigley writes poems akin to an Italian white pressed at a vineyard that cares most about the history and lineage of its fruit, or that Mary Clearman Blew writes stories as rich and robust in flavor as the red blend, Layer Cake. We also want to send a special thanks to Samuel Ligon for driving down from Spokane to make everyone laugh so hard that everyone walking outside must have thought we were in the process  of going mad. Well, after entering the brilliant fairy tale world of Sam’s imagination and five generous tastings of wine, I’d say we probably were going mad, at least a little bit.

We also want to send a special thanks to Carol Spurling, for selling tickets at BookPeople, and Brett and Nikki Woodland, for hosting the event at their wonderful restaurant and donating a gift certificate. These generous people, and those of you told your friends about Flight of Writers and purchased tickets, you all make Fugue the success that it has become over the last 25 years. Thank you, and we’ll see you again next year for the third (and I think it’s safe to say annual) Flight of Writers 2015.

Annual Writing Contest Deadline EXTENDED

Notice to all potential contributors: We are extending the deadline for the 2014 Annual Writing Contest and general submissions. The submission deadlines for the contest and our general submission period, originally scheduled for April 1 (tomorrow), will be extended through May 1, 2014. You can submit either one short story or essay in the prose category, or up to three poems in the poetry category. Winners in each will still receive $1,000 and publication in the summer/fall issue of Fugue, issue 47. All entries to the contest will be considered for publication. Our judges this year are Kevin Canty (prose) and Cate Marvin (poetry). For the original call for submissions and our judges’ bios, click here. To submit, see the guidelines on our Submission Page. Thanks for submitting. We look forward to reading your work.

We Rocked Storyfort.

Boise's Treefort Festival put on an action-packed party of a weekend, and Storyfort was no exception. Our faculty advisor, Alexandra Teague, Marketing Editor Katie Ellison, and incoming Poetry Editor Jeff Pearson read their poetry and nonfiction before a creative and curious audience this past Friday afternoon. Fugue also participated in a publishing panel immediately afterward alongside Ashahta Press, the Idaho Review, and local zines and authors, with Katie Ellison representing the journal and all its greatness. If you don't believe how awesome it was, just look at our staff's smiling faces. 

2014-2015 Poetry Editor Jeff Pearson, Faculty Advisor Alexandra Teague, and 2013-2014 Marketing Editor Katie Ellison all aglow from the creative magic of Storyfort. 

2014-2015 Poetry Editor Jeff Pearson, Faculty Advisor Alexandra Teague, and 2013-2014 Marketing Editor Katie Ellison all aglow from the creative magic of Storyfort.