The Arkansas International Emerging Writer’s Prize: Entries Open until 15 October

The Arkansas International is inviting entries for its inaugural emerging writer’s prize. The winner will receive US$1000 and publication. The prize is only open to writers who have not yet published a full-length book.

The Arkansas International is a journal of literature from the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation. Its first issue was published in Fall 2016 with the aim of publishing the best fiction, poetry, essays, comics and works in translation from the United States and abroad.

The Arkansas International Emerging Writer’s Prize 2017 is open to works of fiction up to 7500 words in length. All entrants must not have yet published a full-length book, and have no book forthcoming before 1 May 2018. Writers with chapbooks are allowed to enter. Close friends of the judge, as well as anyone recently affiliated with the University of Arkansas, which includes those who have studied or worked there within the past four years, are ineligible.

The judge of The Arkansas International Emerging Writer’s Prize is ZZ Packer. In 2006 the National Book Foundation named her a 5 under 35 honoree for her debut collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.  Packer’s stories has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Story, and she is past Wallace Stegner-Truman Capote fellow at Stanford University.

Anthony Blake, Managing Editor of The Arkansas International, said “We launched the Emerging Writer’s Prize this year because we believe an important part of good literary citizenship, and one of the most thrilling, is helping to discover and cultivate new voices. Our esteemed judge ZZ Packer will have the final call, but we’re hoping to see a wide range of comforting, disturbing, hilarious, heartbreaking, traditional, experimental stories from a diverse group of emerging writers.”

An entry fee of $20 is payable with each entry (multiple entries are permitted) and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Arkansas International. All entries will be considered for publication.

Entries for the 2017 prize close on Sunday 15 October 2017. For full entries details visit The Arkansas International website.

The Arkansas International also accepts unsolicited submissions between 1 September and 1 April and both established and emerging voices are encouraged to submit their work. Prose submissions may be up to 10,000 words and poem can be submitted in packets of up to five. Excerpts from longer works should be self-contained.