(Choose Submittable online or postal-mail entries.)
Online entries via
Upload your writing online by midnight Friday, May 18th.
Please read guidelines carefully to insure best service. For a printable
version of the guidelines, click here.
Or, via postal mail (address below):
Postmark postal entries by May 18, 2018. Mail Entries to:
New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
***Note: The $24 entry
fee includes a one-year subscription (4 issues) to New Letters magazine
for those entrants residing in the continental United States. Overseas entrants
will need to pay an additional $15 postal surcharge, if they would like to
receive the subscription.
UPLOAD WITH EACH
- Two cover sheets: The first with complete name, address, email/phone number, genre, and title; and the second with genre and title only.
- Your personal information should not appear anywhere on
- The cover sheets should be included in the same
file as your manuscript.
RULES AND NOTES:
- Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are
accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
- All entries will be considered for publication in New
- Fiction entries should not exceed 8,000 words.
- Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate
- No substitutions after submissions. No
refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
- Current students and employees of the University of
Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New
Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.
- Finalists are notified in mid-August, after preliminary
- Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up
in each category, announced the third week of September.
- Judges have the option to select work for second
runner-up and honorable mentions.
- All finalists are listed in the New Letters issue
in which the winners are published.
- These and all other entries will be considered for
publication by the New Letters editor.
HISTORY OF THE AWARDS
New Letters established its Awards for Writers in
1986 to discover and reward new writers and to encourage more established
writers to try new genres or new work in competition. The contest is open
to any writer. In order to assure fairness throughout the decision
process, all judging is done anonymously and by writers outside the New
Letters staff, with two rounds of judges making finalist and winner