Prose & Poetry Contests

Snarl will host our very first Prose and Poetry Contests starting December 1st, 2021. Submissions will close on January 31st, 2022. Any writer residing in the US and who identifies as marginalized, whether due to their economic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, incarceration or immigrant status, or other oppressed group, is eligible for this contest.

Submission Guidelines

Prose

-Please submit one previously unpublished essay or story per submission. Multiple submissions are welcome.
-Please submit an essay or story of no more than 8,000 words.
-Submissions should be anonymous. Please do not list your name or contact information in your document. You will have the opportunity to include a cover letter in the submission form.
-Please format your document in a legible 12-point font, double-spaced. Please number your pages.
-Family, friends, and current students or colleagues of the judges are ineligible for entry.
-While we do not dismiss the merit of genre fiction, Snarl focuses on literary fiction. Work that approaches genre fiction with a literary mind is welcome, but traditional fantasy, science fiction, romance, erotica, horror, or mystery will not be a good fit for Snarl.

Poetry

-Please submit up to three previously unpublished poems per submission. Multiple submissions are welcome.
-Submissions should be anonymous. Please do not list your name or contact information in your story document. You will have the opportunity to include a cover letter in the submission form.
-Please format your document in a legible 12-point font, single-spaced.
-Family, friends, and current students or colleagues of the judges are ineligible for entry.

Judging

All entries will first be read by our staff, who will select 20 finalist poems and 10 finalist essays and/or stories. These finalists will be read by our final judges. This contest will adhere to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

Diane Glancy, 2022 Snarl Poetry Judge

Diane Glancy is professor emerita at Macalester College. Currently, she teaches creative nonfiction in the low-residency MFA program at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She also teaches Experimental Prose and Poetry at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Glancy’s latest books, Island of the Innocent: A Consideration of the Book of Job, and A Line of Driftwood, the Ada Blackjack Story, were published by Turtle Point Press in 2020 and 2021. A new book of nonfiction, Home Is the Road, Driving the Land, Shaping the Spirit, is forthcoming in 2022 from Broadleaf Books, Fortress Press. Glancy’s other books and awards are on her website: www.dianeglancy.com.

Jason Baltazar, 2022 Snarl Prose Judge

Jason Baltazar is a proud Salvadoran American originally from the Appalachian corner of Maryland. He is currently finishing a PhD focused on speculative fiction and postcolonial studies. His work has or will appear in Boston Review, Wrongdoing Magazine, Occulum, and other venues. For more info, check out his website: www.jasonbaltazar.com.