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Submissions are now OPEN for the 2020 Breakout 8 Writers Prize! Four poetry and four prose winners will receive $250 each; publication in the Fall / Winter 2020 issue of Epiphany; a yearlong mentorship with our Editor-in-Chief Rachel Lyon (including an additional manuscript consultation); and a one-year print subscription to the journal. All contestants will receive a complimentary 1-year digital subscription on entry in the contest.
Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited university at least part-time for the academic year Fall 2019–Spring 2020. The prize is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Students need not be enrolled in MFA programs or creative writing programs. Prose manuscripts may consist of one short story, a novel excerpt, or a work of creative nonfiction, not to exceed 5,000 words. Poetry manuscripts may include up to five poems, formatted in accordance with standard poetry conventions and using a 12-point font.
This year's contest will be judged by Amber Sparks (prose) and Marcus Wicker (poetry).
Amber Sparks is the author of the short story collections The Unfinished World and Other Stories and I Do Not Forgive You, which have received praise from The New York TimesThe Washington Post, NPR and the Paris Review, among other publications. She is also the author of a previous short story collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies, as well as the co-author of a hybrid novella with Robert Kloss and illustrator Matt Kish, titled The Desert Places. She's written numerous short stories and essays which have been featured in various publications and across the web. Find them at ambernoellesparks.com, and say hi to her on Twitter at @ambernoelle.
Marcus Wicker is the author of Silencer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), a National Poetry Series selection. His awards include a Tennessee Arts Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. Wicker’s work has appeared in PoetryThe NationThe New RepublicAmerican Poetry Review and elsewhere. He is co-poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review, and an associate professor of English at the University of Memphis where he teaches in the MFA program.
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