Submissions for the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and the Rumi Prize for Poetry are open February 1 - March 31. Guidelines can be found our website:

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction Winners will appear in next year’s Fall issue of Arts & Letters and receive a $1,000 prize. Our prizes are made possible through generous gifts to our prize endowments from Dr. Martin Lammon, Dr. Barry Darugar, Bahram and Fari Atefat, and other friends of Arts & Letters. If you are interested in contributing to our endowments, please contact us!

Regular submissions are open August 1 - January 31.

See guidelines on our website and the descriptions below each category for more information on what we're looking for.

We nominate for the following prizes:

The Pushcart Prize

Best New Poets

Best American Short Stories

Best American Essays

We publish new and upcoming writers along with more established writers among the ranks of past contributors including R.T. Smith, Denise Duhamel, Donald Hall, Brett Lott, Maxine Kumin, Dinty Moore, Bob Hicok, Xu Xi, Lia Purpura, Mark Jarman, and David Kirby.

We pay $50 minimum or $10 per published page.

Note: By submitting to Arts & Letters, you're also signing up for our newsletter. We will never give out your e-mail to anyone else.

Ends on $10.00

This contest is for unclassifiable works: works that blur, bend, blend, erase, or obliterate genre and other labels. 

Works of up to 5000 words considered. 

This contest will be judged by Michael Martone.

Please note, we will only accept blind submissions, and your name should not appear anywhere on the submitted document. Those with authors' names appearing in the submission will be rejected without being read. 

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