Submit your best poetry and creative nonfiction to our two writing contests, the annual Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and the brand-new Harpur Palate Prize for Creative Nonfiction. All contest submissions are simultaneously considered for publication. Winners in each contest will receive a $500 prize, publication in the winter issue of Harpur Palate, and two copies of the issue in which the winning piece appears.
All writers who submit to our contests, which requires a small entry fee of $15, will receive a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate. Those who have already subscribed will receive an additional year on their current subscription. What better way to start your subscription than by entering one of our contests?
Past winners have been featured and interviewed on our blog. You can also view the winning poems in our online archive. We hope to add you to the growing list of Milton Kessler Memorial Prize-winning poets. Or, just as exciting, you could be the first person in Harpur Palate history to receive the Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Contest winners are heavily highlighted in the journal. In the last few issues, we have dedicated full-color pages with contrasting text to the winning submissions, which is an exciting way to get noticed (see an example here).
For more specifics, please see our contest guidelines on our website. We accept submissions by mail or through Submittable until Thursday, November 15, so start sending in your best poems and creative nonfiction. All of us here atHarpur Palate are excited and eager to read your work. As always, thanks for being such wonderful readers of and submitters to Harpur Palate!
The Editors, Harpur Palate