Submission
Guidelines

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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. Almost every literary magazine says this, but it bears repeating: please familiarize yourself with our publication before submitting.

 

We receive submissions through our online submission manager, accessible from harpurpalate.com. Please note that Harpur Palate does not accept unsolicited email submissions and cannot accept submissions from anyone, past or present, associated with Binghamton University. 

PROSE: Fiction (100 to 6,000 words) and Creative 

Nonfiction (100 to 8,000 words) accept one longer piece or three flash fictions per author.

Poetry: Up to five poems, no more than fifteen pages total.

Deadlines: September 1 to November 15 for our winter issue, and February 1 to April 15 for our summer issue.

Simultaneous  submissions are acceptable if you notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot respond to questions about whether your work has been read. Unless otherwise noted on our website, our response time is one to four months.

Harpur Palate no longer accepts paper submissions.

 

The MILTON KESSLER memorial prize in POETRY 

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

Opens: September 1st

Closes: November 15

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 announce the annual Milton Kessler Poetry Prize. 

Poems in any style, form, or genre are welcome, provided they are no more than five pages long and previously unpublished.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 three poems and includes a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate. You may submit as many times as you wish, but no more than three 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.

The JOHN GARDNER memorial prize in FICTION 

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

Opens: February 1st

Closes: April 15

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 announce the annual John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction

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 time 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.

The HARPUR PALATE prize in 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

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

Opens: September 1st

Closes: November 15th

We are pleased to announce the Harpur Palate Award for Creative Nonfiction. Developed by Marissa Schwalm, former Editor in Chief of Harpur Palate, the prize will be awarded in November of each academic year. 

Essays in any style and form are welcome, provided they are no more than 8,000 words and previously unpublished. 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 piece 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.

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