National Writing Contest
"The prizewinners and finalists selected are supremely worth reading." –Julie Nichols, Newpages.com
National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry
$15 Entry Fee (includes the next issue)
*** $1,000 First Place Prize in Each Genre ***
Postmark Deadline: October 1st annually
Our annual contest awards $1000 plus publication for the first place winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists in each genre will be recognized as such, published, and paid in copies. Cost of entry: $15, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the following issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in late spring. There is no theme for this issue; work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest, you agree to allow us to select your work for publication as a finalist. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, including emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately, should your work be selected elsewhere.
Submission Guidelines available View Submission Guidelines
- Online submissions now accepted! Submit with our online submissions manager at our blog: http://alligatorjuniper.wordpress.com
- Pay the submission fee of $15 online and a printing fee.
- We do not accept previously published work.
- We accept simultaneous submissions.
- Hard copy submissions are still accepted. Proceed to the above link to view the Submission Guidelines.
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- All entries are read and discussed by distinguished writers in their genre and Prescott College writing students enrolled in the Literary Journal Practicum course. Due to the rotating nature of our editorial staff, each issue has a unique aesthetic. The contingent of student judges is led each fall by two faculty members, both of whom are published writers, one a poet and one a prose writer.
- Each entrant receives a personal letter from one of our staff regarding the status of their submission, as well as minor feedback on the piece. This is a rare opportunity for writers to get a word back from the editors. (Check out praise from past submitters regarding the feedback they received in the “Love Notes” and "Reviews" sections of this website and on our blog.)
- The individual attention we devote to each manuscript takes time, thus informing submitters in late January. We appreciate your patience.
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What's in a Name?
The Alligator Juniper tree is in the juniper family with bark in a checkered pattern, resembling an alligator's skin. While the tree is native to the southwest, the alligator is native to swampland and tropics. This pairing in our name invites both the regional and the exotic. And just as artistic ventures challenge commonly-held definitions, so our name blurs the line between the thing and its associations.