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A quarterly international literary journal

2023 Plentitudes Prizes

Submissions Guidelines

From November 1 to December 31, 2022, submit short stories and essays between 1,000 to 5,000 words, or a set of 1-3 poems of no more than 65 lines each. Winners in each genre will receive $1,000; second-place winners will receive $300; and third-place winners will receive $200. All winners and runner-ups will be considered for publication.

Multiple submissions by the same writer is permitted, though each must be submitted under a separate entry. You may retain your name on the submission but you may not submit if you are personally connected to any of the guest judges and/or the editors. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you contact us if the work is accepted elsewhere.

Awards: First Prize in each genre is $1,000, Second Prize is $300, Third Prize is $200. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $20 fee (non-refundable) for each entry.

Submission Platform: Submittable.

Timing: The submission deadline is December 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time.

Judging: First-round judging by editors. Final-round judging by Guest Judges: Tia Clark for Fiction, Nigel Collett for Nonfiction, and Leah Umansky for Poetry. Winners will be notified by email and announced on the Journal's website in Spring 2023. 


  • All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions, which will be final. Winners will have seven days upon the receipt of email to confirm their publication agreement; otherwise, the offer is considered rescinded. Submissions must be in English and must be an original, unpublished work, written by the submitter.

  • The Plentitudes Journal acquires First Rights for accepted works for publication. Upon acceptance of publication, The Plentitudes Journal retains the right to be the sole publisher of the works for the first year from the initial date of publication. Thereafter, contributors may republish their works, with The Plentitudes Journal credited as the initial publisher. The Plentitudes Journal retains the right to re-publish works designated for print publication in an anthology and on our social media platforms. 

  • Marginalized voices, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Disability writers, are particularly encouraged to submit. 

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