Contest Theme for Summer Issue is (drum roll, please) -  Heat!

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

It’s energy. It’s intensity. It’s passion. It consumes you. It dissolves, melts, bakes.  It’s a fever, or just a blush. It’s a night in a cheap motel, a barefoot walk on hot sand, a complicated meal in a rowhouse kitchen. It’s nuclear fusion or the Senate floor. ItFire’s jalapeno and habanero peppers. It’s the cops.


It’s the contest theme for our summer issue.

Submit work in the fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry categories. We will select 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place winners from among all three categories. So winners could be two poems and one story, one creative nonfiction piece and two stories, etc. You get the picture.

Submit all contest entries, in whatever genre, through the submission system’s Contest category. Do not submit contest entries through the non-contest categories. This will work. Trust me.
Judging is blind. Please do not include identifying information on your work. Do include name, address, phone number, and email address in the cover letter/bio box.

3,000 word max for prose. Best to keep poems to one page.

Submit one story, one creative nonfiction piece, or 1-3 poems.

$10 entry fee.

1st place prize - $300, 2nd place prize $200, 3rd place prize $100. First-place winner will be published. All entries will be considered for publication.

Deadline: May 30, 2012