Folio Announces 2014 Essay Contest
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Folio is proud to announce its 2014 Essay Contest, which will be judged by acclaimed writer Paul Lisicky. Paul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, and Unbuilt Projects. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Ploughschares, Tin House, Unstuck, and other magazines and anthologies. He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His memoir,The Narrow Door, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.
The winner of this year's Essay Contest will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Folio. Our judge, Paul Lisicky, will also select a first and second prize, and both will be awarded $150.
To enter Folio's 2014 Essay Contest
- All cover sheets must include name, address, phone number, email address, and essay title.
- Entrant’s name should appear ONLY on the cover sheet.
- You may submit up to one essay of any style (personal, literary reportage, segmented etc.)
- 4500 is the maximum word length.
- Multiple entries require a separate reading fee for each entry.
- Reading fee is $15, which includes a one-year subscription.
- Folio will not consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with American University.
- Deadline is January 15, 2014.
To submit an entry, please use our Online Submission Manager:
If you have questions, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Poetry Contest Winner
Folio Congratulates 2013 Poetry Contest Winner, Gail Griffin
Griffin's poem, "Glosa: Man Held in Burning of Homeless Woman in Los Angeles", was chosen by award-winning author, Martha Collins as this year's winner. Collins said, "I greatly admire the way Griffin moves through time, going back to Adam and forward a 'millenium hence' to elucidate a bit of news. The glosa form and a Genesis-inspired movement through the week are among the poetic stages the author uses to create a richly-collaged reflection on the (gendered) need 'to love and loathe,' as well as more generally disturbnig aspects of our contemporary society."
2012 Prose Contest Winner
Folio Congratulates 2012 Prose Contest Winner Susan Taylor Chehak
Chehak’s story, “Just So” was chosen by award-winning author, Alan Heathcock as this year’s winner, and is praised by Heathcock as being “steeped in a kind of temporal beauty, unfurling the mysteries of family and self, and culminating in a moment of clarity, a portrait of a woman deemed shallow but filled with the rich wisdom of a dreamer.”
Thank you to all who submitted to the 2012 Prose Contest.
General Submission Guidelines
Folio is a nationally recognized literary journal sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors.
Past issues have included work by Michael Reid Busk, Billy Collins, William Stafford, Bruce Weigl, and Ross Gay, and interviews with Michael Cunningham, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, Ann Beattie, Walter Kirn, and Marie Howe, among many others. We look for well-crafted poetry and prose that is bold and memorable.
We encourage you to look at a recent issue of Folio to determine the compatibility of your work with our magazine.
- Manuscripts are read between September 1 and March 1
- Submit up to 4 poems, a prose piece of up to 5,000 words, or samples of your artwork
Cover letters must contain all of the following:
brief bio, e-mail address, snail mail address, phone number, and title(s) of work enclosed
After October 1, 2012, Folio will no longer accept snail mail submissions, and all entries will be recycled. Please utilize our new online submission manager:
Folio seeks artists whose work explores the potential of their medium to engage with the world around them. We believe that art, like poetry and prose, is a form of storytelling. When submitting, feel free to include a description of your work and the themes or motivations you are exploring.
Submissions must be received, via our online submission manager, during our regular reading period (September 1 to March 1) to be considered.
Submissions can be in any medium and may be printed in color or black and white in high-resolution jpeg or TIFF files. Please contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
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