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2022 Bodice Ripper Contest

Peter Mountford is the author of the novels A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction), and The Dismal Science (a NYT editor’s choice). His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Guernica, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Sun, and The Missouri Review. He is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada University’s MFA program, and teaches at Creative Nonfiction and Hugo House.

Lately we’ve noticed that almost every sub we get that deals with sex or sexuality presents the act as fraught with peril, dangerous, and the site of a great deal of personal unhappiness. Which is not to say that this isn’t real for many people, but also: sex can be fun, foolish even, a wonderland of silly innuendo, cornball delight, and slippery fluids. As such, Pacifica Literary Review is proud to present our 2022 Bodice Ripper Contest, judged by Peter Mountford! Think self-aware slash fiction, Red Shoe Diaries as sketch comedy, Lost in Space meets Hustler photoshoot. Send us your sultriest stories, your cheesiest pickup lines, your titillating novellas, the guiltiest of your pleasures. Send us something risqué, ridiculous, send the blood to our cheeks, and let’s have some fun for once with these awkward hungry bodies.

Disclaimer: this is not an erotica contest.


Contest Rules: To be considered for this contest, you must submit one piece of fiction/CNF of no more than 5k words, or 3 poems to this category in a single document. In your submission header, please note the genre of your submission. Authors may submit multiple times to this contest, provided the submissions are from different genres. Simultaneous submissions in a single genre from a single author will be deleted and the Contest Entry Fee will not be refunded. First Prize will be awarded $500 and publication in Pacifica Literary Review. Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the judge’s discretion, and will also be published. Good luck!

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General Submissions

Pacifica Literary Review is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Prose submissions must be under 5,000 words. Flash fiction submissions must be no more than 1000 words individually. Novel excerpts are acceptable, but must be able to stand alone. For poetry, please submit no more than three poems in a single document. For flash fiction, please submit no more than three pieces in a single document. 

Our general submission period is open year-round with periodic closures in September, January, and May for editorial production. If the submission portals are down, we’re putting a new issue together and will re-open shortly. We accept online submissions through our online submission system on Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as Pacifica Literary Review is notified immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw submissions accepted elsewhere through Submittable. To withdraw a single poem or flash fiction piece, let us know by email at

All submissions should follow the directions on Submittable and be titled with the name of the work. The author will receive a confirmation of the receipt of the work as well as a final decision through email. Please don’t submit any additional work until you have received a decision from the editors regarding work already under consideration, and please do not resubmit a piece we have previously considered. Reporting time varies from one to four months.

We understand that you’re anxious to hear back, and we will try our hardest to expedite the process. At this time we cannot offer monetary compensation for publication, but we’re working on it.

Pacifica Literary Review reserves first North American publishing rights, and non-exclusive rights to reproduce, display, and distribute the work in print or other media platforms. Print rights return to the author after first publication in Pacifica Literary Review.

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