The Pinch Literary Awards in Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Nonfiction 2014

Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation

Fiction First Prize: $1,000.00.  Judged by George Singleton.
Poetry First Prize: $1,000.00.  Judged by Adam Clay.
Creative Nonfiction First Prize: $1,000.00 Judged by Lee Martin.

For more on our illustrious judges, read this.

ENTRY PERIOD:
December 15th – March 15th.  Entries not postmarked within the reading period will be discarded unread.

PUBLICATION:
All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.

CONTEST RULES:
Only unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued.  Manuscripts will not be returned.  You may submit entries online via the link below or via mail.  Emailed entries will not be considered.

INELIGIBLE:
No translations will be considered.
Current students and faculty of The University of Memphis, as well as volunteer staff members for The Pinch, are not eligible.

ENCLOSE THE FOLLOWING WITH EACH ENTRY:

  1. $20 for the first entry; $10 for each subsequent entry. Fiction entries should not exceed 5,000 words. An “entry” in the poetry contest is 1-3 poems, and please include $10 for each group of three after the initial entry. Poems need not be related. Please make checks payable to The University of Memphis Foundation. No cash, please. The $20 entry fee also includes one issue of The Pinch. Additional postage charge for international subscriptions.
  2. A cover sheet with the author’s contact information: name, address, phone number, and email address. The author’s contact information should not appear on the manuscript itself. Entries that do not adhere to this policy will be discarded unread. Please notify us if your address or email changes.
  3. An optional self-addressed stamped postcard for notification of receipt of entry and entry number.

Entering the Contest:

SUBMIT ENTRIES ONLINE HERE.

OR

MAIL ENTRIES TO:

Fiction Contest
The Pinch
Department of English
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-6176

or

Poetry Contest
The Pinch
Department of English
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-6176

or

Creative Nonfiction Contest
The Pinch
Department of English
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-6176

See also:

Judges

Past Winners