Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

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Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose has begun to accept submissions for its 2017 literary prizes.  Guidelines for the contest, which began officially on July 1, are available below by genre or below.  More information about Dogwood and our new issue can be found here.

Winners in the three genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction will be chosen by the judges listed below; a grand prize winner will then be chosen from among those three.  The grand prize winner will receive $1000, and the remaining two genre winners will receive $250 each.  All finalists for the prize, chosen in a blind review process, will be offered publication in Dogwood 16, to be published in late spring 2017.

The Nonfiction Judge for this year's contest will be Sarah Einstein Sarah Einstein teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the author of Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press 2015) and Remnants of Passion (Shebooks 2014). Her work has also appeared in a variety of literary journals, and she was been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Best of the Net, and the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

The poetry judge for this year's contest will be Michele Glazer, who is the author of three books of poems, most recently, On Tact, & the Made Up World (Iowa). She teaches in and directs the MFA and BFA programs at Portland State University.

The fiction judge for this year's contest is Karen Osborn, the author of four novels: Patchwork, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Between Earth and Sky, The River Road, and Centerville, which won the Independent Publishers Award in 2013. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, anthologies, and magazines, including The Southern Review, Poet Lore, The Seattle Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Montana Review, Clapboard House, The Hollins Critic, and Kansas Quarterly. She was a finalist for the Dzanc Mid-Career Novel Award in 2012 and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in 2013. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts and teaches creative writing and fiction writing at Mt. Holyoke College.

CausewayLit, the online version of Dogwood, will soon be accepting submissions on its own site and is no longer accepting submissions here.  Those who submitted to Causeway Lit through this site will be contacted by the editors as their decisions are made.  More information about Causeway Lit can be found here.


Contest Submission 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 with contact information 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 with contact information 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, 2016