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Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest

Submissions to our 2021 contest open on Nov. 15.

Quarter After Eight Short Prose Contest

Contest Submission Guidelines for 2021

 
Prize: $1,008.15 + Publication
Judge: David Haynes
Submissions Open: Nov. 15, 2021

Submit up to three previously unpublished pieces of 500 words or fewer. Send us your best prose poems, short-short stories, micro-essays, etc. To read the work of past winners, see our Table of Contents page.

The entry fee is $15 for three pieces and includes complimentary digital access to QAE volume 28.
Include a title page with your address, phone number, and the title(s) of your submission.
All entries will be considered for publication in Quarter After Eight.

We no longer accept submissions by mail. All entries must be made online through our Submittable page. See link below.

Submissions open on Nov. 15, 2021.

Submit Your Work

David Haynes, portrait
David Haynes

Our 2021 Contest Judge

David Haynes is an emeritus professor of English at Southern Methodist University and 25-year member of faculty at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He has written seven novels for adults and five books for younger readers. His most recent is A Star in the Face of the Sky; Martha’s Daughter, a Novella and Stories, will appear in the next year or two. He is the Board Chair for Kimbilio, an organization serving writers of the African diaspora.