The Subnivean Awards in fiction and poetry open December 10 and close February 28. Eight finalists' work will be forwarded on to a final judge, and published in the summer issue — where our three winners (two in fiction, one in poetry) will also be announced. Finalists and winners will be invited to read from their work at a virtual, Spring 2021 event following a conversation between Daniel Handler, April Sinclair and Arisa White. Winners will also receive a blurb about their writing by the final judge who selected it, as well as $150 each. 

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.

2020-21 JUDGES

The Subnivean Awards offer writers the chance to have their work read and blurbed by one of our luminary final judges, and meet them at a virtual soiree. Winners will also earn cold hard cash.




Writing something that plays with words, subverts structure, throws caution to the howling wind and messes with our minds? The weird, wild, wonderful writer also known as Lemony Snicket awaits your short, experimental story. 

"I really liked a book where a witch might cut a child's head off or a pack of angry dogs might burst through a door and terrorize a family..."

— final judge



Named one of Oprah's "25 Living Legends," April Sinclair is looking for a legendary short story: one that's unmistakably literary — a timeless classic in the making — yet leaves readers stunned, surprised, shivering. 

"And I loved the way my voice sounded, so rich and full, when it came out..."

— final judge




Distilled. Precise. Goosebump-raising and downright amazing. Luminary poet, playwright and children's book author Arisa White is looking for poems that shoot from the hip, heart and head.

"I’ve come to understand the role of the writer or any artist is to illuminate and rescue the humanity that is lost to the mastering narrative...."

— final judge