VERSIFICATION'S

BIG LIST OF

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CONTESTS

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

CELEBRATING ONE YEAR OF PUNK LITERATURE

APRIL 8TH - MAY 14TH, 2021

8 CONTESTS

NO ENTRY FEES | 1ST, 2ND, 3RD PLACES

DECISIONS GOING OUT: MAY 21ST, 2021

PRIZE: PUBLICATION IN OUR MEGA-MEGA ANNIVERSARY ISSUE (6/4/21)

ONE GENRE ENTRY PER PERSON

1

MOSH

PIT

CNF

word count: 500-750

Send us your most punk CNF. The CNF that lives in the most chaotic part of the mosh pit of your mind, the work that explores small moments and opens them up in new ways—even if it makes you look bad, even if it makes people uncomfortable.

GUEST JUDGES

 

FINAL ROUND

JUDGE

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HANNAH

GRIECO

Hannah Grieco is a writer and editor in Washington, DC. Find her online at www.hgrieco.com, on Twitter @writesloud, and on IG @hannahwritesloud.

SECOND ROUND JUDGE

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AMANDA

CRUM

Amanda Crum is a writer and artist whose work has been published in Barren Magazine, The Hellebore, Eastern Iowa Review, and more. She’s the author of The Day You Learned To Swim and is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award nominee.

SECOND ROUND JUDGE

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MEGAN

CASSIDAY

Megan Cassiday is an English Education student from Michigan and the Editor-in-Chief of Dead Fern Press. You can find her on Twitter @MeganLyn_ 

SECOND ROUND JUDGE

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LINDSEY HEATHERLY

Lindsey is a nonfiction editor for Red Fez. She writes to keep her brain healthy.

HOSTED BY

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MEGAN CANNELLA

versification executive editor

HOW TO SUBMIT

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SUBJECT LINE: MOSH PIT CNF, LAST NAME, WORD COUNT

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PASTE TEXT IN BODY OF EMAIL

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SEND EMAIL TO VERSECONTESTS AT GMAIL DOT COM

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CANDACE

HARTSUYKER

Candace Hartsuyker has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from McNeese State University and reads for PANK. She has been published in Cheap Pop, Okay Donkey, Trampset, Heavy Feather Review, Maudlin House and elsewhere.

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ALINA

STEFANESCU

Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Alabama. Recent books include Ribald (Bull City Press, Nov. 2020). Read her in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, World Literature Today, Pleiades, FLOCK, Southern Humanities Review, others. More online atwww.alinastefanescuwriter.com.

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Sara Dobbie

SARA

DOBBIE

versification executive editor

HOW TO SUBMIT

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SUBJECT LINE: FIERCE FLASH, LAST NAME, WORD COUNT

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PASTE TEXT IN BODY OF EMAIL

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SEND EMAIL TO VERSECONTESTS AT GMAIL DOT COM

 

2

FIERCE

FLASH

word count: 1000 MAX

Gutsy, character driven flash fiction featuring punk, reclamatory, and/or outsider narratives.

No theme for this contest, but please keep in mind the tone of Versification.

We want bold writing that takes us to the edge. 

GUEST JUDGES

Your contributions make it possible for us to pay authors.

3

PUNK

HAIKU

GUEST JUDGE

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SEAN

LYNCH

Sean Lynch is the Program Director of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association, Editor of Serotonin, a recovering poet, and recalcitrant punk.

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Rami Obeid

RAMI

OBEID

versification senior editor

HOW TO SUBMIT

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SUBJECT LINE: PUNK HAIKU, LAST NAME

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PASTE DOCUMENT IN BODY OF EMAIL

 

3

PUNK

HAIKU

We want punk haiku.

A simple three line poem capturing a particular gritty snapshot with juxtaposition.

No 5-7-5 haiku please, and keep it under 17 syllables.

GUEST JUDGE

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SEAN

LYNCH

Sean Lynch is the Program Director of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association, Editor of Serotonin, a recovering poet, and recalcitrant punk.

HOSTED BY

Rami Obeid

RAMI

OBEID

versification senior editor

HOW TO SUBMIT

1

SUBJECT LINE: PUNK HAIKU, LAST NAME

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PASTE DOCUMENT IN BODY OF EMAIL

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SEND EMAIL TO VERSECONTESTS AT GMAIL DOT COM

MISFIT MICROS

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CHERYL

PAPPAS

Cheryl Pappas is the author of The Clarity of Hunger, a flash fiction chapbook by Word West Press (September 2021). You can find her at cherylpappas.net.

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KIP

KNOTT

Kip Knott is a regular monthly contributor to Versification. His new collection of poetry, Clean Coal Burn, is forthcoming later in 2021 from Kelsay Books.

HOSTED BY

Lisa Lerma Weber

LISA

LERMA WEBER

versification executive editor

HOW TO SUBMIT

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SUBJECT LINE: MISFIT MICROS, LAST NAME, WORD COUNT

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PASTE DOCUMENT IN BODY OF EMAIL

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SEND EMAIL TO VERSECONTESTS AT GMAIL DOT COM

 

4

MISFIT

MICROS

word count: 100 MAX

Gutsy, character driven flash fiction featuring punk, reclamatory, and/or outsider narratives.

No theme for this contest, but please keep in mind the tone of Versification.

We want bold writing that takes us to the edge. 

GUEST JUDGES

 

5

READ

ALOUD

FLASH

Grit Lit.

Two hundred words.

“The Party’s Over”

Show me.

WINNERS will be asked to submit a voice recording of the spoken piece prior to publication.

GUEST JUDGES

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CLAIRE

TAYLOR

Claire Taylor writes about motherhood and mental illness. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and online at clairemtaylor.com and Twitter @ClaireM_Taylor.

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JERICA

TAYLOR

Jerica Taylor is a non-binary neurodivergent queer cook, birder, and chicken herder. She lives with her wife and young daughter in Western Massachusetts. Twitter @jericatruly  

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TARA

STILLIONS WHITEHEAD

Tara Stillions Whitehead is a writer, professor, and filmmaker. She is the author of Blood Histories (Galileo Press 2021) and The Year of the Monster (Unsolicited Press 2022).

HOSTED BY

Travis Cravey

TRAVIS

CRAVEY

versification editor-at-large

HOW TO SUBMIT

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SUBJECT LINE: READ ALOUD FLASH, LAST NAME, WORD COUNT

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PASTE DOCUMENT IN BODY OF EMAIL

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SEND EMAIL TO VERSECONTESTS AT GMAIL DOT COM

 

6

SHOT

IN THE

DARK

word count: 500-1000

Terrify us. Creep us out.

Bring us to the dark places with you and take your shot in the dark. No theme, just horror.

GUEST JUDGE

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REBECCA ROWLAND

Rebecca Rowland is a dark fiction author, horror fiction editor and reviewer, and prime suspect at murder mystery weekends. Peruse her latest nightmares at RowlandBooks.com.

HOSTED BY

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HOLLY

RAE GARCIA

versification vice president

HOW TO SUBMIT

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SUBJECT LINE: SHOT IN THE DARK, LAST NAME, WORD COUNT

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ATTACH WORD DOCUMENT TO EMAIL

(DO NOT COPY/PASTE IT INTO THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL)

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SEND EMAIL TO VERSECONTESTS AT GMAIL DOT COM

 

7

PUNK

MICRO

POETRY

line count: 5 line MAX

We don't like trigger warnings.

Hit us hard.

Shock us.

Sucker punch us with your words.

We'll still be standing.

GUEST JUDGES

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VIC

NOGAY

Vic Nogay is an emo poet with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Denison University. She has work forthcoming in Lost Balloon, Emerge, and others. Twitter: @vicnogay

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JACK

BEDELL

Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.

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KKUURRTT

Former punk turned raver, KKUURRTT is a writer and comedian based in San Diego. His novel Good at Drugs is forthcoming from Back Patio Press.

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ALAN

TEN-HOEVE

Alan ten-Hoeve is a proper nobody. Sometimes he types. Twitter @alantenhoeve

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C Cimmone

C.

CIMMONE

versification EIC

HOW TO SUBMIT

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SUBJECT LINE: PUNK POETRY, LAST NAME

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PASTE TEXT IN BODY OF EMAIL

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SEND EMAIL TO VERSECONTESTS AT GMAIL DOT COM

 

8

TRASH

CAN

FLASH

word count: 1000 MAX

Send the stories that circle the bottom of the drain, your lost and wandering titles that don't seem to fit anywhere else. Your Trash Can Flash can make itself right at home with the Versification misfits.

GUEST JUDGE

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MIKE

WILSON

Mike Wilson has had work appear in American Literary Review, Barrelhouse, Lost Ballon, The Rumpus, and on NPR.

HOSTED BY

C Cimmone

C.

CIMMONE

versification EIC

HOW TO SUBMIT

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SUBJECT LINE: TRASH CAN FLASH, LAST NAME, WORD COUNT

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PASTE TEXT IN BODY OF EMAIL

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SEND EMAIL TO VERSECONTESTS AT GMAIL DOT COM