$1,000 Editor's Choice Award

Deadline: October 18, 2021

We will begin accepting entries for 2021 via Submittable on June 1, 2021.

You can view information about the 2020 theme/topic and award winner here.


Topic/Theme for 2021: TBA

  • Max word count is 8,000.
  • The entry must be previously unpublished.

Rules, Tips & Notes

  • $20 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. A one-year subscription to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States, is included in the price of the first entry.  (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $20 postal surcharge.)
  • No substitutions or revisions may be made after a manuscript has been submitted. Edits can be considered prior to publication, if the manuscript wins the award.
  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • Multiple entries are welcome with appropriate fees. 
  • All entries are considered for publication, even if not the winner.
  • The winner will be announced in early March 2021.
  • The winner will be published in New Letters and receive a $1,000 cash prize.
  • Online entries via Submittable only. Entries received through the postal mail will not be accepted and will be recycled upon receipt.
  • Current students and employees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs are not eligible.
Enter the contest by clicking above.