General submissions for poetry, fiction, art, and literary translations are open. Nonfiction general submissions are closed during the 2019 Wabash Prize in Nonfiction, which runs from March 1st to April 15th. 

Our judge this year is: Kiese Laymon


Contest Guidelines:

1. Send one piece of creative nonfiction, up to 25 pages.

2. A reading fee of $20 (submitted online) must accompany each submission. The reading fee includes a copy of the prize issue.

3. Multiple submissions are allowed, though they must be accompanied by an additional reading fee.

4. Pages should be numbered.

5. All entries will be read anonymously. Information that identifies the author should NOT appear on the manuscript itself or in the file name.

6. All work must be previously unpublished.

7. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

8. Each piece will be read by at least two Sycamore staffers, with the winner selected by the category’s final judge, Blake Butler.

9. All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in Sycamore Review.

10. If you are personally affiliated with the judge, please do not submit to the contest at this time.

We look forward to your entry!

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Please submit no more than five poems, all of which should be included in a single document. For the title of the submission, please list the titles of the poems separated by commas (or the first one or two if there is not enough room). Please submit a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but request prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please note simultaneous submissions in your cover letter.


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Please submit no more than one story or novel excerpt. Please submit a .doc or .rtf file only and include a cover letter in the comments section. We’d like to know a little bit about you and your work.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but request prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please note simultaneous submissions in your cover letter.

Ends on March 31, 2019$3.00
$3.00

Please submit no more than one story, essay, novel excerpt, or up to five poems. Please  submit a .doc or .rtf file only and include a cover letter in the  comments section. We’d like to know a little bit about you and your  work. Additionally, if the submission is a prose piece, please designate the genre between fiction, non-fiction, or prose poetry/hybrid genre in the cover letter. 

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but  request prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please  note simultaneous submissions in your cover letter. Translators will be asked to provide a version of any accepted pieces in the source language. Both the translator and the original author will be paid at the standard rate when applicable.



Sycamore Review considers art for both the cover (full color) and internal pages (black and white). Please submit a sample of 10-15 pieces in jpg or pdf format (we also accept zip files). If you have an online portfolio, you may include a link to your portfolio instead.
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