Contests & Submissions

 submissions for the Summer 2021 issue are now closed

We'll be announcing our Fall 2021 theme and contest soon.  Check back here or follow our social media pages for immediate notification.
(You're not going to want to miss this one!)

Call for Submissions - SUMMER 2021: "A Toast for the Scumbags" (The Antiheroes!)

Raise your glass with us.  We're calling for a toast!

Stealing a line from Kanye (Runaway, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 2010) we're declaring: "Let's have a toast for the scumbags." Seriously. 


We want the best of the worst here.

We want your users, your abusers; your liars and your cheaters -- BUT perhaps with depth to them. Literature is abound with some great , well-rounded antiheroes (think Alex from A Clockwork Orange; think Mark Renton from Trainspotting; think Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind).

We want your **fiction** in the form of poetry, flash, short stories (no more than 1500 words, please), art, and photography that toasts the antihero for all of their deficiencies and, possibly, their humanity, as well. (Dare we show a little empathy for the scumbags?)

Feel free to interpret this theme creatively. (But please - though your works may be based on some personal scumbag experience, please adapt it into fiction. Submitters will assume any responsibility for works that strike too close for comfort.)

We can't wait to see what this stirs up. We can't wait to clink our glasses with you.

Want to hear the Kanye song? Click here for the not-exactly-but-somewhat-cleaner version:

For specifics about formatting and length requirements for submissions, please see our About section and the question that addresses our rules for this. We're going to be sticklers about it, so please take the time to familiarize yourself with our preferences.  To submit, please use the Submittable link provided here.

Art-Inspired Contest! Michael Rogers's "Abstract Noir"

We're not going to say to much here. We're just going to leave you to sit and reflect on this evocative masterpiece, "Abstract Noir", created by Highland Park-based artist, Michael Rogers and let it inspire your writing. What story, what poetry does this call up in your mind? Spend some time in the light and the shadows and then give us your work in 500 words or less. We'll pick an Editor's winner and an Artist's Winner.

See more of Michael Rogers's genius at IG @personalbestpublishing and read details about his process here:

(Click on the image to see a larger version.)

Abstract Noir

(PLEASE make certain you are submitting to the Art-Inspired Contest Submittable option after you follow this link)