Ultra-Short Competition

General Information on the Annual Ultra-Short Competition

The Binnacle will sponsor its Fourteenth International Ultra-Short Competition in 2016 and 2017.  We are looking for prose works of 150 words or fewer as well as poetry of sixteen lines or fewer and 150 words or fewer.  All works should have a narrative element to them.

All submissions should be made via email to ummbinnacle@maine.edu. We prefer that you send your entry both in the body of your e-mail and as an attachment in a .doc, .txt, .odt, or .rtf file (.rtf preferred).

A minimum of $300 in cash prizes will be awarded, with a minimum prize of $50. (In 2016 $500 was awarded.)

Please submit no more than two works total, prose and/or poetry.  Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

When you submit your work, please be sure to include your postal address as well as a thirty-five to fifty word self-description.

There is no submission fee. Submissions will be accepted beginning on December 1, 2016. The deadline for submissions will be March 15, 2017.  Notifications will be made in late May or early June, 2017.  Publication date will be June, 2017, but printing may not be completed until October, 2017 (maybe later). Awards will be made at the time of publication.

Because of the volume of submissions, we are not always able to send notifications to all works that have not made the cut. To gain news about the winners and those who will be included in the edition, please keep checking our website. Look especially on the Updates page. The fact that you may not receive a rejection notification is no reflection on the quality of your work. The large majority of what we receive is well worth publishing, and we are thankful for you sharing it with us.