General Submission Guidelines

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, we encourage potential submitters to peruse our online issues or purchase a print back issue.

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 15-November 15, and our spring reading period runs February 15-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 6-8 months.

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Creative nonfiction submissions should be no longer than 5,500 words. Flash essays cannot exceed 1,000 words each. Please send no more than one CNF submission per reading period, either as a single essay or up to three flash essays. We prefer narrative nonfiction from diverse voices, and welcome hybrid and experimental forms. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

FICTION: Fiction submissions should be no longer than 4,500 words. Flash stories cannot exceed 1,000 words each. Please send no more than one fiction submission per reading period. We can accept up to three flash pieces per submission. We prefer scene-driven stories that are strange, off-kilter, and sometimes ruthless. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you notify us immediately should your piece be accepted elsewhere. 
     Aesthetic statement from Fiction Co-Editors Samia Ahmed and Alycia Calvert: “For long form fiction we are interested in both traditional literary fiction and experimental fiction. We especially like fiction with well rounded characters who take us on journey’s that linger. For flash fiction we look for brevity, stories that unapologetically rearrange our understanding, and use the most beautiful language doing it. We also value inclusivity and hope to publish work informed by a diverse range of perspectives and experiences.”

POETRY: We accept submissions of 1-5 poems per reading period–no more than 10 pages total. Please send no more than one poetry submission per reading period. We prefer poems with a strong lyric voice and sense of urgency. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you withdraw your piece immediately should it be accepted elsewhere. 
     Aesthetic statement from Co-Editors Cole Depuy and Rachel Stempel: “We’re looking for poems that push against social norms which block hyperconfession and raw emotion, ones in deep conversation with the personal and public and how they collapse into one another. We love hybridity, diversity and philosophical endeavors contrasted with sharp physicality. We’re seeking disjunction with intention. Make us laugh, and make that laughter guttural. Our opinion may not be correct, but it is final. Do send us the edgiest poems you’re fearful of submitting elsewhere.”

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Contests in Poetry, Fiction &
Creative Nonfiction

CONTEST FEE: $19 per entry

Milton Kessler Memorial Prize in Poetry
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 15-November 15

GUIDELINES: Poems in any style, form, or genre are welcome, provided they are no more than five pages long and previously unpublished. You may submit as many times as you wish, but no more than five poems per entry fee.

Include name, address, phone number, email, & poem titles in the provided cover letter space in the online form (separate from your submitted file). Remove all identifying information from the rest of the manuscript. Please be advised that we do not accept submissions from anyone affiliated with Binghamton University, past or present. Simultaneous submissions are accepted so long as you withdraw your piece upon acceptance elsewhere.

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Harpur Palate Prize in Creative Nonfiction
We are pleased to award the Harpur Palate Prize in 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 15-November 15 Deadline Extended to December 1!

GUIDELINES: Creative non-fiction submissions should be previously unpublished, original work shorter than 5,000 words. You may enter as many essays as you wish (one per contest entry fee). Include name, address, phone number, email and essay title in the provided cover letter space in the online form (separate from your submitted file). Remove all identifying information from the uploaded manuscript file. The entry fee is $19 per essay, and refunds are not issues for withdrawals.
All submissions will be considered for publication. Please be advised that we do not accept submissions from anyone affiliated with Binghamton University, past or present. Simultaneous submissions are accepted so long as you withdraw your piece upon acceptance elsewhere.

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John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction
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 15-April 15

GUIDELINES: Short story submissions should be previously unpublished and shorter than 4,500 words. You may enter as many stories as you wish. The entry fee is $19 per story. Include name, address, phone number, email and story title in the provided cover letter space in the online form (separate from your submitted file). Remove all identifying information from the manuscript file you upload.

All submissions will be considered for publication. Please be advised that we do not accept submissions from anyone affiliated with Binghamton University, past or present.

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