Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose will open on July 1 for its 2015-2016 contest and non-contest submissions! A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, and you have until September 5 to send us your brilliance.

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $10 (down from $15 in past years); all submissions considered for publication in the lucky 13th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered; please submit under the "Non-Contest" tab with the $3 processing fee. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2016 and published in the 2016 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal.

2016 Judges

Kate Hopper (Creative Nonfiction) is the author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers and Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood, winner of a 2014 MIPA Midwest Book Award, and she is co-author of Silent Running, a memoir of one family’s journey with autism and running. Kate holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, two Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, and a Sustainable Arts Grant. Her writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Brevity, The New York Times online and Poets & Writers. She teaches online, in Ashland University’s Low-residency MFA program, and at the Loft Literary Center.

Steven Schwartz (Fiction) is the author two novels and three collections of short stories, including most recently Little Raw Souls, winner of the 2014 Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Foreword Review Book of the Year in Short Fiction. His writing has received the Nelson Algren Award, the Cohen Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two O. Henry Prize Story Awards, and the Cleanth Brooks Prize in Nonfiction. Professor Emeritus of English at Colorado State University, he is fiction editor for Colorado Review.

Gail Wronsky (Poetry) is the author, coauthor, or translator or ten books of poetry and prose, including Dying for Beauty (Copper Canyon Press), finalist for the Western Arts Federation Poetry Award; Poems for Infidels (Red Hen Press); and So Quick Bright Things (What Books Press). Her translations of Argentinean poet Alicia Partnoy have been published in the books Volando Bajito: Little Low Flying (Red Hen Press) and Fuegos Florales: Flowering Fires (Settlement House). Her poems, essays and book reviews have appeared in literary journals such as Poetry, Boston Review, Antioch Review, The Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Pool, Volt, and Crazyhorse. She has a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Utah, and an MFA in creative writing, poetry, from the University of Virginia. She has received an Artists Fellowship from the California Arts Council and has been a Resident Playwright at the Sundance Institute Playwriting Conference. She teaches creative writing and women’s literature at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Some important stuff

·      Our contest is completely anonymous, so if you enter and your name is on the file, we have to bounce it. We understand that might be annoying, but those are our rules. So please double-check your file before pressing the “submit” button.
·      Current and former employees and students of Fairfield University are not eligible, as are current and former students of the editor.
·      We ask that you look at the names of the judges. If you have a strong relationship with one of the judges, we ask that you not submit work in that genre.
·      More on why we like the anonymous contest

What did we pick for our winners and others to publish last year? You should read a copy to find out! If you’re planning to submit, you can get a copy of last year’s Dogwood as an electronic publication via LitRagger. We also have excerpts and past submissions on our site. You can also read a bit more about our editorial sense. If you submitted to last year’s contest, you should have received an email with an invitation to receive a free electronic copy of the issue. If you missed that, or if you change your mind and want to check it out now, please email the editor at dogwoodliterary (at) and we’ll send you one.

Please sign up for our periodic newsletter for information about future contests and announcement of the winners!

Detailed Guidelines

Fiction and Nonfiction Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 22 pages using this online submission manager.
  • Please title your submission with the title of your piece.
  • Please double space and use 12-point font.
  • Include a brief bio in the cover letter field on the submission manager, but no name should appear on the mss.
  • Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.

Poetry Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit one, two, or three poems (max ten pages)
  • Please include all poems in one document.
  • Please single space and use 12-point font.
  • In the submission manager, please include the titles of all poems in your submission title (rather than "Three Poems").
  • Include a brief bio in the cover letter field on the submission manager, but no name should appear on the mss.
  • Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.

Deadline: September 5, 2015

For All Submissions

  • Work not meeting the above guidelines will not be considered for publication. All contest entries meeting these requirements will be considered for publication in Spring 2016 Issue of Dogwood along with selected non-contest submissions. Contest entries will be given priority for publication.
  • Work can also be mailed to Dogwood, Dept. of English, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. We ask that the submission itself be anonymous with a cover letter that mentions your name and the name of the piece for later identification.

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