REGENERATION LITERARY CONTEST


Guest Judge: Debra Marquart

Our lives and communities revolve around food: hungering for it, buying it, preparing it, and eating it, but also growing it, moving it from field to shelf, and disposing of its waste. Just as healthy food promotes human health, healthy food systems promote healthy communities—places and people oriented toward restoration, regeneration, and even rebirth. What would it look like to live in a world where our food systems regenerated not only us, but the planet? What if how we grew and ate our food could sequester carbon, replenish the soil, restore ecosystem biodiversity, and help battle disease?

The Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Institute is working toward such a vision, and is partnering with Ninth Letter to help us all imagine it. We invite poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction responding to or exploring the subject of regeneration, especially as it relates to food and food systems. What does regeneration in our lives and communities look like, sound like, feel like, taste like? How does its absence harm us? Feel free to think as narrowly or as broadly as you like about the theme—surprises are always delightful and welcome.

Submissions of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction, up to 8000 words) or poetry (1 - 3 poems, up to 10 pages) will be accepted from May 1 - June 30, 2022. Submission fee is $7; all entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning work appears. The winner will receive a $1000 honorarium and publication in a forthcoming edition of Ninth Letter. 

All entries should include a cover letter with author's name, contact information and title(s) of work submitted. You may include this cover letter information in the “comments” section of the submission form, or you may include it as the first page of your submission document. Neither the author's name nor any identifying information should appear on the manuscript itself beyond the cover letter.

Works submitted to the contest may be simultaneously submitted elsewhere; please indicate on your cover letter if this is the case, and please remove the submission from consideration immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.



NINTH LETTER 2022 LITERARY AWARDS (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 1!)

Ninth Letter is pleased to announce our ninth annual Literary Awards call for submissions! We'll be accepting entries from March 8, 2022 to April 30, 2022 for our Literary Awards in three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. The winning manuscript selected in each category will receive publication in our Fall/Winter 2022-23 issue (vol. 19 no. 2) and a publication rate of $1000. Our publication fee purchases first North American print rights only; all other rights are retained by the author.

The fee for entering each of the three categories will be $18, and all U.S. entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Ninth Letter. All international entrants will receive a copy of our Fall/Winter 2022-23 edition. Your entry fee will cover one submission in one category; you are welcome to send multiple submissions in multiple categories provided a fee is paid for each entry. Electronic submissions may pay online through Submittable; submissions sent by USPS should send payment by check or money order made to Ninth Letter.

Submissions sent via email will not be considered.

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction submissions should be a maximum of 8,000 words.

Poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems, no more than 10 pages total in the submission

All entries should include a cover letter with author's name, contact information and title(s) of work submitted. You may include this cover letter information in the “comments” section of the submission form, or you may include it as the first page of your submission document. Neither the author's name nor any identifying information should appear on the manuscript itself beyond the cover letter.

Works submitted to the contest may be simultaneously submitted elsewhere; please indicate on your cover letter if this is the case, and please remove the submission from consideration immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Guest judges for this year's awards are Anthony Cody (poetry), Isle McElroy (fiction), and Emily Pittinos (creative nonfiction).


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SPECIAL PRINT EDITION FEATURE

Ninth Letter, long known for accepting striking art and daring literary experimentation, will be accepting submissions for a special section, Brazen, for inclusion in the Fall/Winter 2022 print issue.

Brazen—The poetry editorial team is looking to publish your boldest work: poems that are visual in their experimentation, that eschew the left margin. Poets who consider the page a dynamic canvas, engage in formal risk taking and formal innovation are encouraged to submit. Think Jericho Brown’s “Duplex,” Rita Dove’s “Mirror,” Anthony Cody’s “Standing in line to take a passport photo, an old white man looks at me and claims I am running,” and Douglas Kearney’s “The Black Automaton” suite. The reading period for Brazen is open until March 18, 2022. Send us your best visual poems, experimental forms, or audacious artwork. We dare you.

Please submit only once per genre (poetry, art) for consideration in Brazen. Feel free to include a cover letter in which you provide an artist statement for your submission. For poetry, please submit a max of 10 pages. For visual art, submit a max of 5 pieces (black/white and color accepted) in 300 dpi.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (WEB EDITION)

Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Summer 2022.  Submissions will be open from February 1 to March 31. No fee is required for submissions to this issue.

The theme for this issue is Ebb/Flow, arrived at after Distances and  Returns, booms and recessions, oscillations in  data and the tides going in and out. ` In the light of recursive and  reflexive storytellers, amid debated origins and uncertain endpoints,  and in response to foggy predictions and timeworn adages—what’s past  is prologue—Ebb/Flow questions narrative structure and its contours in  shaping our lives.  You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of  short prose  (fiction or nonfiction; all subgenres of prose are welcome)  or up to three pieces of flash prose. All submissions must total no  more than 3500 words. Please also include a cover letter that briefly  explains how you see your work connecting to this theme. Note: work  submitted without this information may be withdrawn. Acceptable file  formats are .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf

You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose  (fiction or nonfiction) of up to 3500 words; you may also submit up to  three pieces of flash prose totaling no more than 3500 words. Please  also include a cover letter that briefly explains how you see your work connecting to the theme. Note: work submitted  without this information may be withdrawn. Acceptable file formats are  .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.

Submissions sent via snail mail or submitted through our print  edition general submissions forms will not be considered for this issue.

Please do not send multiple submissions or previously published  work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified  as such in a cover letter. Please withdraw your submission immediately  upon acceptance elsewhere.

Authors whose work is selected for this special feature will receive a  small honorarium ($25 per poem, $75 per story or essay) and a  complimentary 2-­year subscription to Ninth Letter


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GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (PRINT EDITION) (closed)

  

Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and essays for our print edition from September 1 to February 28 (postmark dates). Please note our fee schedule as follows:

September and October: $3.00 per submission

November and December: no submission fee required

January and February: $3.00 per submission

Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in print at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. To make life easier for everyone, including yourself, please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting your work to Ninth Letter:

For poetry, submit 3-6 poems (max. 10 pages) at a time. For fiction and nonfiction, please send only one story or one essay at a time, or up to three pieces of flash prose, up to 8,000 words.

Please do not send a second submission until you have received a response to the first. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter. Please withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

We do not accept submissions by email attachment—email submissions will not be read.

USPS submissions should be addressed to Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor:


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University of Illinois Department of English 

608 South Wright St. 

Urbana, IL 61801


Please include your name and contact information on the first page of your manuscript; cover letters are optional. All mailed submissions must include an SASE for reply; we recommend a stamped business-sized envelope. If you wish to have your manuscript returned, you must include adequate postage and a properly sized envelope, and indicate such in your cover letter. We will recycle all unreturned manuscripts.

You should hear from us regarding your submission within 16 weeks; if you haven't heard from us in that time you are welcome to query about the status of your manuscript at info@ninthletter.com.

We can only review two submissions per author per reading period; if you have submitted twice before the end of the reading period, please do not submit again unless solicited to do so by an editor.

For material accepted to our print edition, Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Writers will be sent contracts upon acceptance of their work, and will receive page proofs prior to publication; payment will be issued upon publication of the work. Ninth Letter publishes one print issue in the spring and one in the fall.



For submissions of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction), please submit one piece of no more than 8000 words. You may also submit up to three pieces of flash fiction or nonfiction as long as the total word count of the submission is no more than 8000 words.

For poetry submissions, please submit up to 3 poems, in a single file of no more than 10 pages.

Please also include a note that briefly explains your work's connection to the theme of "regeneration." Submissions without this note will not be accepted.Please also include a note that briefly explains your work's connection to the theme. Submissions without this note will not be accepted. 

Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, and .pdf.


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