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SUBMISSIONS

THE SUBNIVEAN AWARDS | NOW OPEN

Subnivean Awards 

An international literary competition

 

The Subnivean Awards in fiction and poetry are now open. This international literary competition will be judged this year by Major Jackson, Final Judge in Poetry, and Gish Jen, Final Judge in Fiction. We look forward to reading work that will rock their socks off!

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 21

 

  • Junot Diaz once called Gish Jen "the Great American Novelist we're always hearing about." Perhaps that's because John Updike literally named her his 21st century successor...

  • Major Jackson may be an Absurd Man, but that didn't stop him from winning the Guggenheim, NEA, Pushcart and many other awards.

 

Five finalists' work will be

  • forwarded on to the final judges in poetry and fiction

  • published in the summer 2024 issue

 

Two winners (one in poetry, one in fiction) will also receive

  • a blurb by the appropriate final judge

  • a $150 prize

  • an invitation to read their work at our hallmark Subnivean Awards event, which is promoted to thousands at SUNY and beyond

 

To read judges' blurbs about previous winners' work, click here.

But what about general submissions?
Yes, we read those year-round.

The stories and poems that we are looking for need not fit into a particular mold; rather, we're seeking work that breaks the mold, grinds it into a fine powder, pours it in a pot of water and brings it to a boil, schleps it up a steep mountainside, drizzles it across the snow and lets it cool, there, into the desired shape.

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