Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose accepts submissions for its 2020 literary prizes from July 1 until September 5.  Guidelines for the contest are available below by genre.  

Dogwood will offer three $1000 prizes, one in each of the three genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  The best poem, story, and essay will win and be published along alongside all finalists for the prize, chosen in a blind review process.  Dogwood issue 19 will be published in late spring 2020.  Judges in all three categories are noted below.

All submissions are considered for publication, and Dogwood issue 18, containing the winners of last year's prizes and all finalists, is available for purchase here

Judges

Ladee Hubbard, winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction for The Talented Ribkins, will judge the 2020 Dogwood Literary Prize in Fiction. She received a BA in English from Princeton University, a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a PhD in Folklore and Mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her short fiction has been published in Transition magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Callaloo and Guernica, among other venues. Her nonfiction has been published in the Times Literary Supplement. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and has received additional fellowships and grants from The Sustainable Arts Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writers Conference, and Tulane University's Center for the Study of the Gulf South, among other organizations. Her second novel, The Rib King, is forthcoming from HarperCollins.  

Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson will judge the 2020 Dogwood Literary Prize in Poetry.  Watson's 5th collection, pray me stay eager, is from Alice James (2018). Named by Library Journal“one of 24 poets for the 21st Century,” her poems have appeared in APR, Tin House, Gulf Coast, and The New Yorker, and honors include fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the NEA (to translate Brazilian Adélia Prado). Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College for 2 decades, she’s currently Conkling Visiting Poet, as well as serving as poetry and translation editor of Massachusetts Review and core faculty in Drew University’s MFA Program in Poetry and Translation.

Daisy Hernández will judge Dogwood's 2020 Literary Prize in Nonfiction.  She is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. A journalist, she has reported for National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate, and her writing has been aired on NPR's All Things Considered. Her essays and fiction have been published in Aster(ix), Dogwood, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Iowa Review, Juked, The Pinch, and Rumpus, among others. She is a contributor to the Buddhis magazine, Tricycle, and Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Ohio.

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, 2019

Note:  To coincide with the increase in prize monies for the Dogwood Literary Prizes from a total $1500 to $3000, Dogwood  no longer accepts non-prize submissions online and  no longer charges for non-prize submissions.  Enter the prize online or submit non-contest submissions for free by sending them directly to the Editor at the following address:  Carol Ann Davis, Editor, Dogwood, Department of English, Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield CT 06824.

A Note on our Time Frame for Editorial Replies and Our Process:  Dogwood is a teaching journal, which means that graduate and undergraduate students are reading alongside the editor, who reads every submission and discusses each with students before rendering her decision.  This means that our consideration process takes a little longer.   All contest entrants will be notified of our decision by December 15, at which time the editor notifies finalists of their status, offers publication to them, and forwards a finalist pile to the final judge, who chooses a single winner.  

Our non-contest submissions are notified only of acceptance.  If you have not heard from us by early in 2020, we have declined your non-contest submission.

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose