2017 Contest

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose will begin accepting entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2016-2017 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 the judges listed below; a grand prize winner will then be chosen from among those three.  The grand prize winner will receive $1000, and the remaining two genre winners will receive $250 each.  All finalists for the prize, chosen in a blind review process, will be offered publication in Dogwood 16, to be published in late spring 2017.

The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $10; all submissions considered for publication in the  16th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered; please submit under the “Non-Contest” tab with the $3 processing fee. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2017 and published in the 2016 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal. Because September 5 is Labor Day and a postal holiday, manuscripts mailed with a postmark of September 6 will be accepted, or you may use our online submission manager for your submissions by September 5.


The poetry judge for this year’s contest will be Michele Glazer, who is the author of three books of poems, most recently, On Tact, & the Made Up World (Iowa). She teaches in and directs the MFA and BFA programs at Portland State University.

The fiction judge for this year’s contest is Karen Osborn, the author of four novels: Patchwork, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Between Earth and Sky, The River Road, and Centerville, which won the Independent Publishers Award in 2013. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, anthologies, and magazines, including The Southern Review, Poet Lore, The Seattle Review, The Wisconsin Review, The Montana Review, Clapboard House, The Hollins Critic, and Kansas Quarterly. She was a finalist for the Dzanc Mid-Career Novel Award in 2012 and the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University in 2013. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts and teaches creative writing and fiction writing at Mt. Holyoke College.

The Nonfiction Judge for this year’s contest will be Sarah Einstein Sarah Einstein teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the author of Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press 2015) and Remnants of Passion (Shebooks 2014). Her work has also appeared in a variety of literary journals, and she was been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Best of the Net, and the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

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, 2016

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 2017 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. 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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