May 24, 2022

Booth Summer Writing Contest: Beyond the Margins

Send us your work that lives outside of the box, whether in content, in form, or both. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, lists, hybrid work, recipes, maps to hidden treasure or the secrets of the universe. The work that lives, has been made to live, on the margins and beyond. We want to champion work that does not receive the seat at the table where it rightfully belongs. 

Winner: $500 + publication

Runner-Up: $250 + possible publication

Entry: $10. Includes shipped copy of prize issue.

As we wrote in our statement on racial justice and equity in 2020, found here, all writing contests will be free to submit for all BIPOC writers through 2025. Read our most recent statement on Booth’s role in working towards equity in the publishing industry here.

Submissions open from June 1 - July 1 2022 at 11:59PM.

Guidelines: One submission per writer. Work should be no longer than 6,000 words or 25 pdf pages.

All submissions considered for publication.

Prizes will be announced in Fall 2022.

Winners will be chosen by our guest judge, Booth contributor and poet Steven Espada Dawson. Dawson’s poems have appeared in many journals, including Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Adroit Journal, Kenyon Review Online, The Pinch, Thrush, and Waxwing, as well as in the anthology Best New Poets 2020. In 2021, Dawson received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He has served as an editor at Copper Nickel and Sycamore Review.

See our Submittable page starting June 1st to enter.