Summer Contest - Crime Theme

by Barbara Westwood Diehl


The theme for The Baltimore Review’s summer 2015 contest is Crime.


You may have been the victim of a crime. You may have committed a crime. Maybe a petty crime. That lipstick in Woolworth's you slipped into your pocket back in 7th grade. Petty. But still a crime. 

You can't look at any of the news websites without learning about some crime. Try it. How many crimes can you read about in a matter of minutes—no—seconds? 

Such a continuum of criminal acts. From the most petty to crime on a global scale. With such a range of consequences—and creative writing possibilities. 

As long as you incorporate the idea of crime in your poem, short story, or creative nonfiction, you're good.

Three winners will be selected from among all entries. So winners could be one story and two poems; or two stories and one work of creative nonfiction; or one story, one poem, one work of creative nonfiction—you get the picture.

3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction. One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication.

Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. All contest entries, regardless of genre, should be submitted through the Contest link.

Please remove identifying information from the work before submitting. (But if you've forgotten, and your work moves on in the contest, we'll remove it before it goes to the final judge.)

Please do not enter the contest if you have won a first-place prize within the past two years.

Deadline is May 31, 2015.

Final judge: Sujata Massey