Entries open from February 1st, 2016 to April 30, 2016

Submissions for the October Prizes will be accepted via The Cossack Review’s Submittable page. We cannot accept entries by mail.

Poetry: Submit up to six poems in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.

Fiction: Submit one story (10,000 words maximum) in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.

The $15 entry fee also pays for a copy of the Winter 2016 issue of The Cossack Review. Winners will be announced by 1 September 2016.

Work must be written in English; no translations. No previously published works, or works destined for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we must be notified immediately (via Submittable) if your entry is accepted elsewhere.

No identifying personal information should appear anywhere in your submission file.

Include your name, address, email address, phone number, and the title(s) of the work only in the cover letter field in Submittable.
Entry fees are non-refundable. Multiple entries by a single author are accepted, however each group of six poems / each story must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own submission and additional $15 fee.

The contest will adhere strictly to CLMP’s contest code of ethics (see below): blind reading will take place at the genre editor level and a selection of entries will be passed on blind to the final judges. Students and former students of this year’s judges and close friends of the judges are not considered eligible..

“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

Judges: Phillip B. Williams (poetry) and Sara Pritchard (fiction)

Sara Pritchard is the author of the novel-in-stories Crackpots, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2003, and the linked-story collection Lately. Her stories and essays have been published in numerous literary journals. Sara’s awards include the Bakeless Prize for Fiction in 2002 for Crackpots, the Alexander Cappon Award for Fiction 2008, a 2009 Pushcart Prize for her story “Two Studies in Entropy,” and two West Virginia Literary Fellowships. Sara’s newest story collection, Help Wanted: Female, was published by Etruscan Press in 2013. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, and teaches in the Wilkes University Low-Residency MA/MFA Creative Writing Program in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the book of poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). He’s also co-authored a book of poems and conversations called Prime (Sibling Rivalry Press). He is a Cave Canem graduate and received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch, and others. Phillip received his MFA in Writing from the Washington University in St. Louis. He is the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl and the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.