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The Miracle Monocle Award for Young Black Writers

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Miracle Monocle is pleased to announce the creation of a new award series: The Miracle Monocle Award for Young Black Writers. The winner of the prize will receive a $200 prize and publication in the journal. Work in the following genres is welcome: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and experimental/hybrid literature. Writers must be 25 years old or younger and identify as Black.

We ask that writers refrain from sending us more than one submission during this editorial cycle and follow our genre-specific guidelines (see below) carefully. Miracle Monocle accepts simultaneous submissions, but we request that submissions accepted elsewhere are withdrawn as soon as possible. We will make every effort to respond quickly and respectfully to your work. If you suspect we have overlooked or misplaced your submission, please contact us here: [email protected].

We publish only previously unpublished work.

· For fiction, please submit one piece of 1,000-10,000 words. We accommodate traditional realism and experiment alike. On occasion, we will publish an excerpt of a longer work, but those occasions are exceedingly rare.

· For poetry, please submit no more than three pieces. We like unique voices that encourage us to reevaluate ourselves and the world around us--poetry that makes the familiar seem unfamiliar. We appreciate work that takes risks and offers unexpected surprises; we also appreciate formal rigor.

· For creative nonfiction, please submit one piece of 5,000 words or less. We're looking for personal narrative, topical investigations, and lyrical essays. If your work does not fit snugly into these categories, let your prose persuade us that it's the exception to the rules.

· For the experimental and not-easily-defined, please submit no more than 3 pieces. We’re interested in flash, microfictions, nano fictions, and the like. We’re also fans of hybrid and collaborative work. In other words, we like to play host to writers who straddle the lines between genres. Length is negotiable, though flash tends to turn into something else when it exceeds 1500 words. Send your genre Frankensteins our way; they’ll find a safe home here.

The Miracle Monocle Award for Young Black Writers

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Miracle Monocle is pleased to announce the creation of a new award series: The Miracle Monocle Award for Young Black Writers. The winner of the prize will receive a $200 prize and publication in the journal. Work in the following genres is welcome: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and experimental/hybrid literature. Writers must identify as Black and be 25 years old or younger. Entry to the competition will be free.

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