2017 Contest

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose will begin accepting entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2017-2018 issue and contest on July 1, with a deadline of Sept. 5. Winners in the three genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction will be chosen by judges to be announced soon and receive $1000 each.  All finalists for the prize, chosen in a blind review process, will be offered publication in Dogwood 17, to be published in late spring 2018.

Entry fee is $10; all submissions considered for publication in the  17th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered by mail. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2018 and published in the 2018 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal. You may use our online submission manager for your submissions by September 5.


Gillian Conoley will judge the Dogwood Literary Prize in Poetry. Her most recent collection of poetry, Peace, was named an Academy of American Poets Stand-out Book for 2014 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is the author of eight collections of poetry including The Plot Genie, Profane Halo, Lovers in the Used World, and Tall Stranger, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Conoley’s work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award, and has been anthologized in more than 20 national and international anthologies, including W.W. Norton’s Postmodern American Poetry (second edition), W.W. Norton’s American Hybrid, Counterpath’s Postmodern Lyricism, and Oscar Mondadori’s Nuova Poesia Americana. Conoley’s translations of Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken: Three Books by Henri Michaux, appeared with City Lights in 2014, and was named one of the top ten poetry books of 2014 by Publisher’s Weekly.  Conoley has taught as a Visiting Poet at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Denver, Vermont College MFA Program, Texas State University, and Tulane University. The founding editor of Volt, she has taught at Sonoma State University since 1994, where she is Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry).

Nicholas Montemarano will judge the Dogwood Literary Prize in Fiction. He is the author of three novels, A Fine Place, The Book of Why, and, most recently, The Senator’s Children. He has also published a short story collection, If the Sky Falls, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. His stories have been published in Esquire, Tin House, Zoetrope, and many other magazines. His fiction has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Nichaolas Montemarano is a 1992 graduate of Fairfield University.

Patrick Phillips will judge Dogwood‘s Literary Prize in Nonfiction this year.  Patrick Phillips’ first book of nonfiction, Blood at the Root was published in 2016, and named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Boston Globe. He has written three poetry collections, including Elegy for a Broken Machine, a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.

Submit to the Dogwood Literary Prize here.

Some important stuff

·      Our contest is completely anonymous, so if you enter and your name is on the file, we have to bounce your entry. We understand that might be annoying, but those are our rules. So please double-check your file before pressing the “submit” button.
·      Current and former employees and students of Fairfield University are not eligible, as are current and former students of the editor.
·      We ask that you look at the names of the judges. If you have a strong relationship with one of the judges, we ask that you not submit work in that genre.
·      More on why we like the anonymous contest.

What did we pick for our winners and others to publish last year? You should read a copy to find out! If you’re planning to submit, you can get a copy of last year’s Dogwood as an electronic publication. We also have excerpts and past submissions on our site. You can also read a bit more vagueness about our editorial sense. If you submitted to last year’s contest, you should have received an email with an invitation to receive a free electronic copy of the issue. If you missed that, or if you change your mind and want to check it out now, please email the editor at dogwoodliterary (at) gmail.com and we’ll send you one.

Please sign up for our periodic newsletter for information about future contests and announcement of the winners!

Detailed Guidelines

Fiction and Nonfiction Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 22 pages using this online submission manager in a file with a .doc or docx. file extension.
  • Please title your submission with the title of your piece.
  • Please double space and use 12-point font.
  • Include a brief bio in the cover letter field on the submission manager, but no name should appear on the manuscript file itself.
  • Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.

Poetry Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit one, two, or three poems (max ten pages)
  • Please include all poems in one document.
  • Please single space and use 12-point font.
  • In the submission manager, please include the titles of all poems in your submission title (rather than “Three Poems”).
  • Include a brief bio in the cover letter field on the submission manager, but no name should appear on the manuscript.
  • Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.

Deadline: September 5, 2017

For All Submissions

  • Work not meeting the above guidelines will not be considered for publication. All contest entries meeting these requirements will be considered for publication in Spring 2018 Issue of Dogwood along with selected non-contest submissions. Contest entries will be given priority for publication.
  • Work can also be mailed to Dogwood, Dept. of English, 1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. Non-contest submissions are free but must be mailed to the above address. We ask that the submission itself be anonymous with a cover letter that mentions your name and the name of the piece for later identification.

For more information, please email us at dogwoodliterary (at) gmail.com.

 We are excited to read your work!

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