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Call for Submissions: 2020 Fiction & Poetry Contests

Submissions being accepted through March 27, 2020!

Like to stargaze? Kept up at night considering if there’s an afterlife? Keep asking yourself when that guy will text you back?

For Issue 77, we seek work that considers the theme of WONDER. We’re looking for anything and everything that concerns wonder / curiosity / bewilderment / sublimity / awe / double-takes / enigmas.

The fiction contest will be judged by Rebecca Makkai.

The poetry contest will be judged by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

Remember to follow our general submission guidelines!

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    She bites and chews and gnaws. She is so focused on the tiny words in her textbook. Then she clamps down on the pen cap so hard that it snaps in half. It makes a kind of popping sound, and I feel blood rush to my cheeks.