Writers Alliance of Gainesville

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            Bacopa Literary Review Contest Submissions                                        April 1 - May 31, 2017

                    Poetry, Flash Story, Literary Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

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There will be one $400 prize in each of four genres: poetry, flash story, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction. All published will receive a copy of the print journal and will be promoted online after publication. If accepted, you agree (1) to grant us First North American Serial Rights for print and all archival rights for one year after publication, and (2) if your work subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will credit Bacopa Literary Review 2017.

Poetry: We're especially interested in prose poems this year but are open to all poetic forms including haiku, if the piece comes at us from a different angle or a fresh perspective. Please review the prose poetry displayed on our Editor’s blog and Bacopa Literary Review 2016 for published entries. Guidelines:

  • $3 fee (first entry in any one category is free for WAG members)
  • 1-3 poems per submission (if submitting to poetry, no submissions to other genres)
  • Poems need not be double-spaced
  • 12-point type; Arial font preferred
  • Submit the file in .doc, .docx or .rtf only

Flash Story: Fiction, creative nonfiction or flash memoir and the word limit this year is 750 words. For the editor to consider the story publishable, it must follow story structure guidelines which include a compressed story line, conflict and change. Resource: 35 Tips For Writing A Brilliant Flash Story. Guidelines:

  • $3 fee (first entry in any one category is free for WAG members)
  • One piece (if submitting a flash story, no submissions to other genres)
  • Limit 750 words
  • Double spaced
  • One-inch margins on all sides
  • 12-point type; Arial font preferred 
  • Submit the file in .doc, .docx or .rtf only

Creative Nonfiction: The creative nonfiction we publish is fact-based writing that has a moving inner voice. It holds to the same standards as other literary forms while remaining grounded in fact. Guidelines:

  • $3 fee (first entry in any one category is free for WAG members)
  • One piece (if submitting to creative nonfiction, no submissions to other genres)
  • Limit 3,300 words
  • Double-spaced
  • One-inch margins on all sides; 0.5-inch paragraph indent; left justified
  • 12-point type; Arial font preferred
  • Submit the file in .doc, .docx or .rtf only

Literary Fiction: We're interested only in literary fiction: a distinctive voice that does more than tell a simple story; beautiful writing that offers a deeper look at the human experience, with uniquely individual phrasing, fresh and authentic. Guidelines: 

  • $3 fee (first entry in any one category is free for WAG members)
  • One piece (if submitting to literary fiction, no submissions to other genres)
  • Limit 8,000 words
  • Double spaced
  • One-inch margins on all sides; 0.5-inch paragraph indent; left justified
  • 12-point type; Arial font preferred
  • Submit the file in .doc, .docx or .rtf only

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                    SUBMISSION LINKS WILL APPEAR BELOW ON APRIL 1, 2017

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