The Binnacle accepts submissions from writers anywhere in the world. We publish primarily works of fiction and poetry.

From December 1 to March 15 each year, The Binnacle will accept submissions for its Annual International Ultra-Short Competition (Fall edition). All submissions are to be no longer than 150 words (not including the title). Poetry entries should be no longer than sixteen lines. All works should have a narrative element. A minimum total of $300 in prizes will be awarded each year. Winners and honorees will be notified early in June. All submissions should be e-mailed to

From September 1 to November 30, The Binnacle will accept submissions for its Spring edition. Fiction should be 2500 words or fewer and poetry should be short enough so as not to lose the readers’ interest. Writers may submit up to five poems and two works of fiction. All submissions should be e-mailed to

Once a year The Binnacle also publishes an on-campus edition (The Bad Little Falls Review) that includes work from the UMM community.

Works submitted out of season will not be considered. Due to the heavy volume of submissions, we will not respond to all queries about the state of writers’ submissions. Such information can be obtained by visiting our Updates page or following us on Facebook. Notifications are typically made in February for the Spring edition and in June for the Fall (Ultra-Short) edition.

Works should be submitted via attachments, which should be in a simple text format (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Open Office document (.odt), or as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). Submissions made via post, with the exceptions of military and penitentiary submissions, will not be considered or returned. Creative non-fiction and imagery are no longer accepted.

All submissions should be double spaced, with one-inch margins in a twelve-point standard font such as Times New Roman. Poetry submissions should be formatted as the poet desires them to be formatted in print, should they be accepted. Please include your full name, phone, e-mail address, title of submission, and (for prose pieces) word count.

The Binnacle holds one-time print rights and e-book rights, one-time audio rights, and short-term web-site rights for all accepted submissions. We also maintain the right to re-print accepted pieces on promotional materials. Denied submissions will not be used at a later date. All digital printings will be equally protected by the same copyright as paper publications.

We understand that a guideline page such as this can not address all of the issues that writers might have, so we invite writers to e-mail us at or call us at 207-255-1247.