We will open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from 9/15/2022 to 11/15/2022. 

Our Creative Nonfiction Prize and Milton Kessler Memorial Poetry Prize submissions will also be open 9/15-11/15. 

Please consult our online issues or purchase an issue of Harpur Palate to see what sorts of submissions our editors like. Please note that, except for cover art and our undergraduate contests, we cannot accept submissions from authors currently affiliated with Binghamton University, nor from authors who have graduated Binghamton University within the past five years.

CREATIVE NONFICTION: a single work of narrative nonfiction (1,000-5,500 words) or up to three flash CNF pieces (max. 1,000 words each) per author

FICTION: a single story (1,000-4,500 words) or up to three flash fiction pieces (max. 1,000 words each) per author

POETRY: up to five poems, totaling no more than fifteen pages

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Fiction submissions should be no longer than 4,500 words. Flash stories cannot exceed 1,000 words each. Please send no more than one fiction submission per reading period. We can accept up to three flash pieces per submission. We prefer scene-driven stories that are strange, off-kilter, and sometimes ruthless. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you notify us immediately should your piece be accepted elsewhere.

Aesthetic statement from Fiction Co-Editors Jamey McDermott and Samia Ahmed: "We're interested in a wide spectrum of fiction, anything from traditional literary fiction to experimental fiction. We value writers who take chances and demonstrate confidence. We also value inclusivity and hope to publish work informed by a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. Send us works that both define and redefine what fiction is."




 

Creative nonfiction submissions should be no longer than 5,500 words. Flash essays cannot exceed 1,000 words each. Please send no more than one CNF submission per reading period, either as a single essay or up to three flash essays. We prefer narrative nonfiction from diverse voices, and welcome hybrid and experimental forms.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.


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We accept submissions of 1-5 poems per reading period–no more than 15 pages total. Please send no more than one poetry submission per reading period. We prefer poems with a strong lyric voice and sense of urgency. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you withdraw your piece immediately should it be accepted elsewhere. 

Aesthetic statement from Co-Editors Cole Depuy and Macaulay Glynn:  "We are looking for poems with fresh perspectives that surprise us, poems that draw us in and make of us commiserators or co-conspirators. Our favorite poems have a strong lyric voice and a sense of urgency that drives the poem forward toward a conclusion that feels simultaneously inevitable and unexpected. That urgency can derive from the speaker's audibly intense desire to communicate or a sense of play, tracking the speaker's ideas as they move associatively and intuitively from one to the next. We love poems that dive deeply into the speaker's psychological response to a situation, idea, or what Richard Hugo calls the "triggering subject." We love poems that dramatize the brain's work of making meaning. Some contemporary poets we love include: Kim Addonizio, Chen Chen, Ross Gay, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, Kay Ryan, sam sax, Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, Tracy K. Smith."
 

 

Creative non-fiction submissions should be previously unpublished, original work shorter than 5,000 words. You may enter as many essays as you wish (one per contest entry fee). Include name, address, phone number, email and essay title in the provided cover letter space in the online form (separate from your submitted file). Remove all identifying information from the uploaded manuscript file. The entry fee is $19 per essay, and refunds are not issues for withdrawals.

All submissions will be considered for publication. Please be advised that we do not accept submissions from anyone affiliated with Binghamton University, past or present. Simultaneous submissions are accepted so long as you withdraw your piece upon acceptance elsewhere.

 
The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the following issue of Harpur Palate.


Opens: September 1
Deadline: November 15

Poems in any style, form, or genre are welcome, provided they are no more than five pages long and previously unpublished. You may submit as many times as you wish, but no more than five poems per entry fee.

Include name, address, phone number, email & poem titles in the provided cover letter space in the online form (separate from your submitted file). Remove all identifying information from the rest of the manuscript. Please be advised that we do not accept submissions from anyone affiliated with Binghamton University, past or present. Simultaneous submissions are accepted so long as you withdraw your piece upon acceptance elsewhere.

 The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the following issue of Harpur Palate.


Opens: September 15
Deadline: November 15


This is NOT a submission category. If you'd like to submit your work, please chose the appropriate category below during our reading period.

This category is for back issues only
. Our current issue is available through our subscription category.

Back issues are $8 per copy. The extra $1 included here is for Submittable fees. Please specify in the cover letter box which issue you'd like, where you'd like it sent, and to whom it should be addressed.
*Please note that issues 11.2 and 13.1 are no longer available*

Thank you for your interest in Harpur Palate! As always, thank you for your support and we hope to read work from you soon.
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