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Welcome to NO CONTEST: the first-ever, prize-paying contest from No Contact! We’re searching for the best in short-form prose: fiction, non-fiction, you decide. Send us work that leaps into risks, that leers from afar — work that contends.


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  • We are looking for your finest prose (fiction/nonfiction) under 1200 words. (Sorry, poets—we’ll be hosting a dedicated poetry contest soon!)

  • Winner receives $250, first-slot publication in Issue Thirteen, an interview to be featured in The Artist’s Bubble.

  • Two runners-up receive $50 and publication in Issue Thirteen.

  • Submissions are FREE, but require the use of a (free-to-register) Duotrope account.

  • Previously unpublished stories only. Yes, this includes publication in small-circulation journals as well as personal blogs.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

  • Only one entry per person, please!

  • Tip jar donations* are appreciated, but are not required, and do not affect consideration of a submission.

  • No identifying information on your story—we read contest submissions blind!

  • International submissions in English are allowed and encouraged.

  • All stories are considered for publication.

  • Deadline: September 7, 2020 (Labor Day).

  • We are fortunate to receive many submissions, which means we are fortunate to know what we receive too much of! Please don’t send us: shallow virus tales, day-X-of-isolation-tales, or this-is-my-quarantine-space tales. Complicate the story! Make us deeply, deeply interested.

  • Contest results will be announced no later than October 25, 2020.

  • Please direct any other inquiries to [email protected].

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