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Fugue is very excited to officially announce the opening of our 2018 Annual Writing Contest! This year’s judges are Carmen Maria Machado (prose) and Vijay Seshadri (poetry).

Contest winners in both categories will receive $1,000 prizes and publication in our next print issue, alongside a brief judge’s comment on the chosen piece.

Submissions to the contest are $15. Please note that our “prose” category is and has always been open to both fiction and nonfiction, and that we purposefully select the judge for this category based on their work in both genres.

Submit here—we look forward to reading your work!

General Submissions

Submissions are accepted online only, through Submittable. General Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Images | Etc. submissions are accepted September 1 through May 1. All material received outside of this period will neither be read nor considered for publication. General submissions must be submitted along with a required submission fee of $3.00 per submission to help pay for online submission services. Multiple submissions will be considered with a separate submission fee for each. All contributors to Fugue receive $15 per accepted piece and a complimentary copy of the journal in which their work appears.

Please send no more than five poems, two short-shorts, one story, one essay per submission, or five image files (low-res is fine—we'll ask for higher quality files upon acceptance).

Submissions in more than one genre should be submitted separately and require separate submission fees. We consider simultaneous submissions (submissions sent concurrently to another journal or journals) as long as you let us know in the cover letter that this is the case and notify us immediately if a piece has been accepted elsewhere. We try to respond to submissions within 3-6 months, though this varies in the middle and at the end of submission periods when submission volumes are high.

To submit either a general or contest submission, click here.