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2019 Creative Nonfiction Contest

Pacifica is proud to announce that we will be holding a Creative Nonfiction Contest for 2019, judged by Melissa Febos. The contest will run from 3/28 to 12/10/2019. To be considered for this contest, you must submit one piece of creative nonfiction to this category in a single document of no more than 4k words. For prizes, details, and guidelines, check out Submittable, linked at the bottom of this page.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a Best Book of 2017. Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of the 2018 Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, and Ragdale. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, her work has recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Believer, The Sewanee Review, and The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn.

General Submissions

Pacifica Literary Review is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, author interviews, and visual art and photography. 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 pacificalitreview@gmail.com.

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 do offer two free copies of the magazine as well as a free one-year subscription for yourself or a friend.

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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