2012 contest

Submissions for our annual fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry contests are now closed.

The winners and runners-up will be published next year in our Fall online issue 42.2.

The basics:

  • All entries should include a cover letter with the submission‚Äôs title and author’s contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address).
  • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • You may submit multiple entries, but must pay an entry fee for each new submission.

Winter Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: December 15, 2012
PRIZE: $1000 and publication in Phoebe 42.2

SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 7500 words. We will not consider novel excerpts.

JUDGE: Ryan Call

Ryan Call

Ryan Call’s writing has been called “a parallel universe, slyly allegorical and unlike anything else being published.” His debut collection of stories, The Weather Stations, earned him a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award in fiction, and his writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, and elsewhere. He teaches high school in Houston, TX, where he lives with his wife and their new baby. In addition, he has contributed to the popular website HTMLGIANT, an ‚Äúinternet literature magazine blog of the future.‚ÄĚ Call holds an MFA from George Mason University.

Greg Grummer Poetry Award

DEADLINE: December 15, 2012
PRIZE: $1000 and publication in Phoebe 42.2

SUBMISSION SIZE: Up to 4 poems per submission, totaling no more than 10 pages.

JUDGE: Dean Young

Dean Young

Dean Young has published fourteen books of poetry, including books chosen as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, as well as an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was a permanent faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop until 2008, when he became the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, Austin.

Annual Creative Nonfiction Prize

DEADLINE: December 15, 2012
PRIZE: $500 and publication in Phoebe 42.2

SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5000 words.

JUDGE: Marion Winik

Marion Winik

Marion Winik is the author of six books of nonfiction, including The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, First Comes Love, The Lunchbox Chronicles, and Above Us Only Sky. Her column, ‚ÄúBohemian Rhapsody,” is published bi-weekly at Baltimore Fishbowl. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O, Salon, and Real Simple, and she reviews books for Newsday, More, and The Los Angeles Times. ¬†She has also written two books of poetry.¬†In the past, Winik contributed personal essays to¬†NPR‚Äôs All Things Considered. She also penned a column for Ladies Home Journal from 2008‚Äď2011.

Winik is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Non-Fiction and has been inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. She currently teaches writing at the University of Baltimore.