The Backwaters Prize in Poetry

The Backwaters Prize in Poetry submission period is April 1 – May 5.

The winner will be awarded a $2,000 cash prize and the honorable mention will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize. Both winners will be awarded the publication of their book by the University of Nebraska Press under its imprint, The Backwaters Press. The judge for the 2021 contest is Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas.


Zero Street Fiction

Currently accepting submissions.

Zero Street invites submissions of novels and short story collections, from LGBTQ+ authors new and established, that feature LGBTQ+ characters and/or themes. We are particularly interested in BIPOC authors, trans authors, and queer authors over 50. Zero Street is committed to literary fiction with commercial potential, and to providing marginalized authors opportunities for a wide readership in the trade fiction market. We are seeking literary fiction of all kinds, from stories of modern life to innovations on traditions of genre.

Submissions must include the full manuscript, working title, brief description (max 250 words), type of submission, short biographical statement, and email address. 

For poetry submission guidelines, please refer to the poetry series descriptions on our website.

Zero Street Fiction submissions must be submitted separately via this link.

Submissions must include the full manuscript, working title, brief description (max 250 words), short biographical statement, email address, and phone number. The manuscript must be in English and should be between 60,000 and 100,000 words.