Jelly Bucket Editor's Prize for Poetry and Prose

Jelly Bucket Editor's Prize in Poetry and Prose

Contest dates | February 1, 2017 – April 1, 2017
Submission Fee | $10 per entry

The winner in each genre will receive:

  • $100 prize money
  • Publication on Jelly Bucket’s website
  • A full tuition waver for the workshop of their choice at the 2017 Bluegrass Writers Studio Summer Domestic Residency in Richmond, KY
  • An invitation to read at the Jelly Bucket launch party (held during Summer Domestic Residency)
  • A shout out on Bluegrass Writers Studio's social media pages, as well as issue 8 of Jelly Bucket (print)

The grand prize winner (chosen from the three genre winners) will also have their piece published in issue 8 of Jelly Bucket

Finalists will be eligble for publication on Jelly Bucket's website

This contest is open to new and emerging writers only. What does this mean? Writers without a published book are welcome to submit! Simply put, we’re looking for great new writing! Pick your poison as far as genre and push the limits in a creative way. We won’t shy away from great writing even if it makes our Great Aunt Millie uncomfortable.

Students and faculty of Eastern Kentucky University are not eligible for this contest. Alumni must have graduated at least four years prior to the contest date to be eligible. This contest will be judged by Jelly Bucket editing staff and Bluegrass Writers Studio graduate students. The grand prize winner will be chosen from the three genre winners by Jelly Bucket's managing editor.

Submission Guidelines

With all submissions, please include a short biography (about 50-100 words) in your cover letter. This bio will be included with your piece should you win or place.

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Prose cannot exceed 7,500 words (double spaced, 12 point font, standard margins). You may submit multiple flash pieces (in a single document) as long as they do not exceed the 7,500 word limit. A grouping of multiple flash pieces will be judged as a single unit.

Poetry: Please submit up to five poems in a single document. Poems will be judged as a unit, rather than individually.

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