Fiction & Poetry Open Competitions

Prick of the Spindle announces its 4th Poetry Open Competition. The first, second, and third prize recipients and honorable mentions will be published in an e-Book edition.

$5 per submission. Up to two poems per submission. Poems should be no longer than 50 lines. Multiple entries are fine. Both published and unpublished submissions are welcome for the competition. If previously published, please credit the original source of publication in your cover letter. Competition ends on midnight, May 15, 2017. Winners will be announced by June 15, 2017. There is no limit to the number of times you may enter. Good luck and happy submitting! Submit here.

Judging the competition is Mg Roberts. Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg is the author of the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish Books, 2017) and not so, sea (Durga Press, 2014). She is a Kundiman Fellow, Kelsey Street Press member, VONA/Voices Alum, and sits on the Board of Small Press Traffic. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Cream City Review, the Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies, Dusie, Bombay Gin, Web Conjunctions, Elderly, and elsewhere. She co-edited the anthology, Nests and Strangers: On Asian Women Poets (Kelsey Street Press), along with Timothy Yu, and is currently co-editing Responses, New Writing, Flesh with Ronaldo Wilson and Bhanu Kapil, an anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing written for and by writers of color. She lives in Oakland with her three daughters, two hens, one puppy, and geologist husband.


Prick of the Spindle periodically runs Poetry and Fiction Open Competitions. Check this page for updates to competition openings and guidelines. Previous competitions were judged by Amy King (Poetry Open Competition No. 3) and Michael Martone (Fiction Open Competition No. 3).

Competition winners are published in eBook format and are available on Amazon. Please see below for links:

Fiction Open Competition No. 3

Fiction Open Competition No. 2

Fiction Open Competition No. 1

Poetry Open Competition No. 3

Poetry Open Competition No. 2

Poetry Open Competition No. 1

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