MONSTROSITIES OF THE MIDWAY: Literary Contest
Step right up! We want to see mysteries, anomalies, and clashing energies. Bring your giant rats, conjoined twins, Fiji mermaids, and bearded ladies. We invite any writing that complicates issues of performance and identity. Real and unreal. Exposed and concealed.
Submit: March 5th - May 31st
Fee: $15 per entry
Prize: $1000 + publication in Midway Journal for a winning poem (or group of poems), story, or essay.
Judges: Ana Božičević and Amy King
Entries and payments must be received through Midway Journal's online submission manager under "Monstrosities of the Midway Contest."
Paste the title of your submission and your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address) in the cover letter box. Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript you upload. Friends and students (current and former) of the judges are not eligible; please do not submit if you know the judges personally.
You may submit multiple entries, but a new entry fee must be paid for each new submission. Previously published work will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but must be withdrawn from the contest if accepted elsewhere.
Poetry: up to 5 poems per entry. Not more than one poem per page. Maximum of 20 pages per entry.
Prose (Fiction and Nonfiction): 1 piece per entry, up to 6,000 words.
All submissions will be considered for publication.
About the Judges
Amy King is the author of, most recently, I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press). She is currently preparing a book of interviews with the poet Ron Padgett, co-edits Esque Magazine and the PEN Poetry Series with Ana Božičević, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College. She has also conducted workshops at such places as the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, Summer Writing Program @ Naropa University, Slippery Rock University and Rhode Island School of Design. Readings, reviews and more @ amyking.org.
Ana Božičević is the author of Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009) and five chapbooks of poetry, most recently War on a Lunchbreak (Belladonna*, 2011). With Željko Mitić, she is the editor of The Day Lady Gaga Died: an Anthology of NYC Poetry of the 21st Century (in Serbian, Peti talas/ The Fifth Wave, 2011). Her translations of Zvonko Karanović recently received a NYSCA grant. She works and studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she edits Diane di Prima’s lectures for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative and helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival. With Amy King, Ana co-edits esque and the PEN Poetry Series. Fresh poems and more at www.anabozicevic.com.
The staff of Midway Journal will select a group of finalists from the contest entries. Finalists will be chosen for strong work regardless of genre and announced in August. Ana Božičević and Amy King will judge blindly. A winner will be announced in September.