We're now accepting submissions for the 2014 Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest and the 2014 Arcadia Fiction Chapbook Contest:
2014 Arcadia Fiction Chapbook Contest
We're happy to announce our new fiction chapbook contest. A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies will be given annually for a fiction chapbook. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue of the magazine to subscribers. Submit a manuscript of thirty to forty-five pages with a $20.00 entry fee by August 15. All individual stories submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in September. The winning chapbook will appear as the summer issue of Arcadia.
What are we looking for? Of course, a familiarity with Arcadia and the sort of fiction we like is the most immediate way to find out. You can also read samples from past winners of the Arcadia Short Story Contest here and here. We're looking for a diversity of chapbook submissions: collected flash pieces, novellas, coupled stories. We want to see it all, so don't hesitate because of your form or content. And, as always, we're simply interested in great stories told in arresting ways. We're just as happy with a good nurse romance as we are with a piercing exploration of American malaise.
Think you have the chapbook we're looking for? Submit here.
2014 Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest
We're excited to bring the Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest into its second year. A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue of the magazine to subscribers. Submit a manuscript of fifteen to thirty-five pages with $20.00 entry fee by August 15. All poems submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in September. The winning chapbook will appear as the winter issue of Arcadia.
Information about last year's winner, Nicole Santalucia, and our short list can be found on this page, and a sample from Nicole's chapbook can be found here. As always, familiarity with Arcadia and the sort of poetry we like is the most immediate way to find out what we're looking for. That said, we always strive toward an eclectic editorial focus, so if you think you have something we'd like, send it our way.
Announcing the Results of the 2014Arcadia Short Story Contest:
Our winner is Laura Birdsall, for her story “2004.” Birdsall will receive $1,000, and her story will appear in Arcadia 8.
The task of judging this year's contest once again proved difficult. As the number of submissions climbed this year, so did their quality. Out of all of these great entries, Birdsall emerged victorious. Check out Online Sundries for a preview of her story in the coming weeks.
We'd like to thank everyone who submitted this year. Your support is what keeps Arcadia going.
Our first runner-up is Paul Catalano for "Men Today," and our second runner-up is Jacob Grana for "Gianboy59 Falls In Love With MysteryWhispery." Catalano's story will appear in Arcadia 8, and Grana's story will be forthcoming in Booth.
Jacob Appel, “The Penultimate Ingredient” Doug Crandell, “Silver Silo Beyond” Gregg Cusick, “Frankie (so set ‘em up, Joe)” Linda Davis, “The Best Laid Plans” Daniel Fields, “Summerdale” Robert Lehrman, “Graceful Exit” Mark Lindensmith, “Weather Moves from West to East” Martha Moffett, “The Raj in West Palm Beach” Charles Huckelbury, “Luther Raintree’s Last Race” Jaime Netzer, “How to Die” Nicole St. Pierre, “Burial Grounds” Adam Sturtevant, “Sisyphus” Aaron Tillman, “Inside Voice” Victoria Barras Tulacro, “What We Leave Behind”
Congratulations to Jaime Netzer, whose shortlisted story will appear in the upcoming issue of Black Warrior Review. Thank you once again to all who submitted and made this contest an even bigger success than last year. We look forward to seeing more terrific submissions in 2015!
Noah Milligan, Angela Morris, and Alysha Beers Contest Judges
Announcing the Results of the 2013 Arcadia Short Story Contest:
Our winner is Ravsten Cottle, for his story “The Young Mormon’s Guide to Not Having Sex in the 1980s.” Cottle will receive $1,000 and his story will appear in Arcadia 6.
Just as we imagined, judging this contest was incredibly difficult. Every single entry of the hundreds we received had merit, so there was plenty of second and third reads. The upside to all of this reading, however, was that we got to read hundreds of great stories. Thanks so much for sending these our way; your submissions help to ensure that Arcadia continues to survive.
Our runner-up is Michael Rosenbaum, for his story “Bum-Time Summer.” Rosenbaum’s story will appear in Arcadia 6.
Our short list, in alphabetical order of title:
“A Leaf Drifts Down” by Cathy Carr
“A Prayer of Humble Access” by Lyle Roebuck
“Among Waitresses” by Jessica Hobbs
“Around in the Dark” by Lucas Schwaller
“Business Trip” by Benjamin Soileau “Fox” by William Burleson
“Gravity” by Jane McDermott
“Guilty When Killed, Killed When Found” by Nathan Gregorski
“In the Spring of Life” by Jim Bainbridge
“New Shoes” by Debka Colson
“Length of Days” by Joan Corwin
“Oyster” by Charles Holdefer
“Radio Pictures Presents Holly Fort and the Redhead Buzzards” by Perry Hungerford
“Tell Me About Real” by Nick Reller
“Useful Things To Lose” by Jessica Smith
“We Have No Secrets” by Jennifer Sabin
“Walking Point” by Dewaine Farria
“What I Never Said About Anselm” by James Pouilliard
“Willie” by Kristi Davis
Again, thanks to everybody for submitting, and we hope you’ll consider submitting again to the 2014 Arcadia Short Story Contest. Or, in the meantime, submit through our standard submissions, which, as always, is free and year-round.
Happy Spring. Congratulations to our winner. Keep on writing.
Chase Dearinger & Andrew Berthrong Contest Judges
Announcing the Results of the 2013 Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest:
Our winner is Nicole Santalucia, for her chapbook, Driving Yourself to Jail in July. Santalucia will receive $1,000 and twenty-five copies of her chapbook, which will be released January 1, 2014.
Our poetry editors had the difficult task of reading hundreds of exceptional chapbooks, all of which merited a lot of thought and consideration. Despite the tough competition, though, Santalucia was the clear winner. Here’s what poetry editor Roy Giles had to say about Driving Yourself to Jail in July:
“Santalucia has a gift for the perfect dismount. Poem after poem, her late turns eject the reader into a vacuum of dread. Yet, there is always light, dim at times, but enough for an emollient tenderness to rise out the corrupted past of Driving Yourself to Jail in July.”
Our runner-up is Mark Jay Brewin, Jr., for his chapbook, El Camino and Other Poems.
Our short list:
Michael Collins, Nekyia
Bunny Goodjohn, Running 24 North
Lavinia Kumar, Touch with Color, Art of oman
Abbie Leavens, Somewhere We Can Swing Our Feet
Kristina McDonald, Nothing to Say
Farzana Marie, Letters to War and Lethe
Joan Michelson, 28 Poem Portraits
Jaya Misra, Ghost Life
Abby Murray, Crossing the Knik
Gailmarie Pahmeier, The Rural Lives of Nice Girls
John Palen, Cleaning Seed
Mark Taksa, Success is a Polishing
Elizabeth Harmon Threatt, Girl on a Swingset
Khaty Xiong, Deer Hour
Thanks to all of the excellent poets that submitted to our inaugural chapbook contest. We hope to see just as many great submissions in 2014.