The Fineline Competition for Prose Poems, Short Shorts and Anything in Between

Our congratulations to Diane LeBlanc, whose piece “Possum” was selected by F. Dan Rzicznek as winner of the 2019 Fineline Competition!

Runner Up: Richard Garcia’s “San Francisco”

Honorable Mentions to: Cherie Hunter Day; Leonora Desar; Merridawn Duckler; Jeff Gundy; Nancy Ludmerer; Carmen Maldonado; Molly Reid. 

You can find these pieces and our other finalists in issue 40.1 of Mid-American Review.

The 2020 Fineline Competition is open!

First Prize: $1,000 and publication in MAR Volume XL, Number 1.
Ten finalists: Notation and possible publication

Final Judge: Sherrie Flick, author of Thank Your Lucky Stars and Whisky, etc. Her work has appeared in: Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, Passages North and many others. 

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Contest is for previously unpublished work only—if the work has appeared in print or online, in any form or part, or under any title, or has been contracted for such, it is ineligible and will be disqualified. There is a 500-word limit for each poem or short. A $10 entry fee (payable online for online submissions, or check or money order made out to Mid-American Review for submissions by post) is required for each set of three prose poems/short short stories. Entry fees are non-refundable. All participants will receive Mid-American Review v. XL, no. 1, where the winners will be published. Submissions will not be returned. Manuscripts need not be left anonymous. Contest is open to all writers, except those associated with the judge or Mid-American Review, past or present. Our judge’s decision is final.

Note: All pieces submitted in verse form—i.e., poetry with line breaks—will be automatically disqualified, as will previously published work or pieces over 500 words.

For online submissions and online payment, please use our Submissions Manager. Please be sure to select “Fineline” as your genre.

Send all postal entries with check or money order to:
Mid-American Review
Department of English
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Thank you to all of our entrants!

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