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The 2022 Bacopa contest

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Bacopa Literary Review is an annual international print journal published by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.* Our Bacopa Literary Review Editors’ blog shows the quality of writing we seek by highlighting work we respect from previous Bacopa issues as well as other sources.

The 2022 Bacopa contest

  • Submissions accepted April 25 through May 23, 2022
  • No submission fee
  • $200 Award and $100 Honorable Mention in each of six categories
  • Authors may submit to only ONE category (see below).
  • Submissions to more than one category may result in disqualification.
  • When the contest opens, submit entries to Submittable.

Category Descriptions

Fiction (up to 2,500 words): Bacopa Literary Review is looking for engaging and original pieces of short fiction capable of capturing and engaging the reader. Unique descriptions, vivid language, and original ideas are appreciated. Use precise language, make sure your work is as polished as possible before submitting, and most of all, enjoy the writing process!

Creative Nonfiction (up to 2,500 words): We publish true stories, written beautifully, and based on the author’s experiences, perceptions, and reflections in the form of personal memoir or literary essay (for example, nature, travel, medical, spiritual, food writing).

Humor (up to 2,000 words): Make us laugh in any literary form up to 2,000 words. This can include personal essays, satire, poetry, short fiction, grocery lists, manifestos, or modified insurance policies.

Formal Poetry (1-3 poems): Sonnets, villanelles, pantoums, haiku, and other established forms. We are seeking words that illuminate the human condition, tell us something new, or just entertain. Send us your best. Please note the specific form of each poem you submit. All voices are welcome, and we are interested in reading poems on all themes and subjects. For Bacopa 2022 we have a special request for formal poems that explore issues of health, well-being, and sickness, from the serious to the funny, by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and other persons of color and their communities.

Free Verse Poetry (1-2 poems): Free verse, visionary poems, the strange and unusual. Absurd, thoughtful, experimental, political, romantic, funny, entertaining. Give us your best work, unfettered, unrestrained, free from forms—or make up your own form. All voices are welcome, and we are interested in reading poems on all themes and subjects. For Bacopa 2022 we have a special request for free verse poems that explore issues of health, well-being, and sickness, from the serious to the funny, by and for Black people, Indigenous people, and other persons of color and their communities.

Visual poetry (1 poem): In a new category for us, we are seeking visual poems. At the moment we can only accept images in black and white that can fit within a 6 x 9-inch page. We don’t know what we are looking for—surprise us! Please submit only one visual poem.

2022 Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief: J.N. Fishhawk

Associate Editor: Mary Bast

Editorial Assistant: Tessa Walters

Fiction Editor: Alec Kissoondyal

Creative Nonfiction / Humor Editor: Stephanie Seguin

Poetry Co-Editor: Oliver Keyhani

Poetry Co-Editor: Reinfred Addo

 

 

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*To join the Writers Alliance of Gainesville (WAG), click here for the WAG membership page. The $36 annual membership fee includes a copy of the most recent Bacopa Literary Review.

 

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