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OUR AESTHETIC: Harpur Palate has no restrictions on subject matter or form. Quite simply, send us your highest quality short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.  In order to get an idea of what we are looking for, you can purchase a back issue or consult our genre editors’ aesthetic statements below. 

HOW TO SUBMIT: We accept online submissions through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. Contest entries should leave identifying information off the file.  We cannot accept submissions from current Binghamton University students, faculty, staff, or recent alumni. 

READING PERIOD: Our fall reading period runs September 1-November 15, and our spring reading period runs February 1-April 15. We accept CNF and poetry contest submissions in the fall, and fiction contest submissions in the spring. Regular submissions in all genres are accepted throughout both reading periods. Our typical response time is 1-4 months.

CREATIVE NONFICTION: a single work of narrative nonfiction (100-8,000 words) or up to three flash CNF pieces (max. 1,500 words each) per author

Aesthetic statement from CNF Editor Amy Parker: “I’d love to have personal essays from diverse voices. In addition, I’d like to see some more experimental creative nonfiction, especially hybrid works. I want pieces by writers who have a unique perspective and a strong voice. I’m interested in narrative nonfiction.”

FICTION: a single story (100-6,000 words) or up to three flash fiction pieces (max. 1,500 words each) per author

Aesthetic statement from co-editors Jamey McDermott and Sarah Sassone: “We’re interested in a wide spectrum of fiction, anything from traditional literary fiction to experimental fiction. We value writers who take chances and demonstrate confidence. We also value inclusivity and hope to publish work informed by a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. Send us works that both define and redefine what fiction is.”

POETRY: up to five poems, totaling no more than fifteen pages

Aesthetic statement from Co-Editors Jen DeGregorio and Macaulay Glynn: “We are looking for poems with fresh perspectives that surprise us, poems that draw us in and make of us commiserators or co-conspirators. Our favorite poems have a strong lyric voice and a sense of urgency that drives the poem forward toward a conclusion that feels simultaneously inevitable and unexpected. That urgency can derive from the speaker’s audibly intense desire to communicate or a sense of play, tracking the speaker’s ideas as they move associatively and intuitively from one to the next. We love poems that dive deeply into the speaker’s psychological response to a situation, idea, or what Richard Hugo calls the “triggering subject.” We love poems that dramatize the brain’s work of making meaning. Some contemporary poets we love include: Kim Addonizio, Chen Chen, Ross Gay, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, Kay Ryan, sam sax, Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, Tracy K. Smith.”

 

Milton Kessler Memorial Prize in Poetry 

ABOUT: Milton Kessler—poet and teacher—was a great friend and mentor to students in the Creative Writing program at Binghamton University. In honor of his dedication to the development of writers, Harpur Palate is pleased to award the annual Milton Kessler Poetry Prize in his name. 

AWARD: $500 and publication in the winter/spring issue

READING PERIOD: September 1-November 15

GUIDELINES: Poems in any style, form, or genre are welcome, provided they are no more than five pages long and previously unpublished. The fee is $15 for each entry of five poems and includes a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate. You may submit as many times as you wish, but no more than five poems per entry fee.

Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, email address, and story title. Your name should appear only on the cover letter and nowhere else on the manuscript.

John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction

ABOUT: John Gardner—prose writer and teacher—was a great friend and mentor to students in the Creative Writing program at Binghamton University. In honor of his dedication to the development of writers, Harpur Palate is pleased to award the annual John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction in his name.

AWARD: $500 and publication in the summer/fall issue

READING PERIOD: February 1-April 15

GUIDELINES: Short stories in any style, form, or genre are welcome, provided that they are no more than 8,000 words long and previously unpublished. The fee is $15 for each entry of one story and includes a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate. You may submit as many times as you wish, but no more than one story per entry fee. 

Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, email address, and story title. Your name should appear only on the cover letter and nowhere else on the manuscript. 

Harpur Palate Prize in Creative Nonfiction

ABOUT: We are pleased to award the Harpur Palate Award for Creative Nonfiction. Developed by  former Editor-in-Chief Marissa Schwalm, the prize is awarded annually. 

AWARD: $500 and publication in the winter/spring issue

READING PERIOD:  September 1-November 15

GUIDELINES:  Essays in any style, form, or genre are welcome, provided that they are no longer than 8,000 words. The fee is $15 for each entry and includes a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate. You may submit as many times as you wish, but no more than one essay per entry fee. 

Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, email address, and essay title. Your name should appear only on the cover letter and nowhere else on the manuscript.