2011 National Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry
$15 entry fee
$1000 first-place prize
Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2011
Our annual contest awards $1,000 plus publication for the first-place
winner in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists will be
noted as such in our journal, selected for publication, and paid in
copies. $15 entry fee, checks or money orders payable to Alligator
Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2012 issue, a $10
value. The issue will come out in late spring 2012. There is no theme
for the 2012 issue. Work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering
our contest you agree to allow us to select your work for publication
even if it does not place first. We encourage submissions from writers
of all levels, especially emerging or early-career writers. We accept
simultaneous submissions; please inform us in your cover letter and
contact us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere.
Submissions accepted August 15 through October 1, 2011 (postmark
--NO EARLIER OR LATER SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, nor will they be
Include a brief cover letter, including the statement below (see
Include S.A.S.E for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not
Include a $15 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story
or essay (30-page limit per entry), or up to five poems.
Additional entries require additional fee.
Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and
Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.
Double-sided copies encouraged.
No email submissions.
Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Ave.,
Prescott, AZ 86301.
IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, due to recent problems with misinformed
entrants and withdrawals, we ask that you include the following
statement in your signed cover letter: “My work may be considered for
publication, even if it doesn’t win the contest. This signed statement
constitutes permission for publication if it is selected.”
Back issues are available for all but 1995 (the premier issue), 2001,
and 2007. Send $10 to above address and request a copy from any year,
1996–2000, 2002–2006, or 2008–2011.
All entries are read and discussed by Prescott College students in the
Alligator Juniper practicum class. This class is overseen each fall by
two faculty members, both of whom are published writers, one a poet and
one a prose writer.
All entrants receive a personal letter from one of our staff regarding
the status of their submission. We usually inform in late January. The
individual attention we devote to each manuscript takes time. We
appreciate your patience.