"Alligator Juniper" 2010 National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry--deadline Oct 1

2010 National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

$15 Entry Fee
$500 First-Place Prize
Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2009

Our annual contest awards $500 plus publication for the first-place winner in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists will be noted as such in our journal, selected for publication, and paid in copies. $15 entry fee, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2010 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in summer 2010. There is no theme for the 2010 issue. Work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest you agree to allow us to select your work for publication even if it does not place first. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, especially emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; please inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions accepted May 1 through October 1, 2009 (postmark deadline).

Include a brief cover letter, including the statement below.

Include S.A.S.E for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.

Include a $15 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30-page limit per entry), or up to five poems.

Additional entries require additional fee.

Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.

Manuscripts must be typed with n
umbered pages. Prose double-spaced.

Double-sided copies encouraged. No email submissions.

Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Ave., Prescott, AZ 86301.

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, due to past problems with misinformed entrants and withdrawals, we ask that you include the following statement in your signed cover letter: "I have read and understand the guidelines for Alligator Juniper’s na tional writing contest."

Back issues are available for all but 1995 (the premier issue) and 2001. Send $8 to above address and request a copy from any year, 1996 to 2007, or $10 for a copy from 2008 or 2009.

Selection Process

All entries are read and discussed by Prescott College students in the Alligator Juniper practicum class. This class is overseen each fall by two faculty members, each of whom is a working writer in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

All entrants receive a personal letter from one of our staff regarding the status of their submission. We usually inform in late January. The individual attention we devote to each manuscript takes time. We appreciate your patience.


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