Judged by Porochista Khakpour
Fiction first-prize winner receives $1,000 and publication in issue five of Canteen.
Poetry first-prize winner receives $500 and publication in issue five of Canteen.
Fiction and poetry second-prize winners will also be published in issue five.
How to Enter
Reading fee: $10, which includes a free single issue of your choice. Current subscribers get free entry.
Enter now by purchasing a single issue or a subscription.
Email your submission and any questions to
(replace (at) with @)
Deadline: June 20, 2009
Fiction: Submissions of up to 4,000 words.
Poetry: Submissions of any length (though ideally shorter than Beowulf).
Fiction winners will be chosen by Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects, aNew York Times–acclaimed novel and winner of the 2007 California Book Award.
Poetry winners will be chosen by Canteen's editors.
Neither contest is open to close personal friends of the judges.