Ends on June 30, 2019

$12.00 USD


Announcing Typehouse Literary Magazine’s 2019 2nd Biennial Open Fiction Contest!

 We are seeking previously unpublished material of all genres, with a  focus on underrepresented voices of all kinds. We especially want to see  submissions from writers of all races, sexualities, nationalities,  religions, genders, and ages, as well as disabled and neurodivergent  creators. 

     Opens March 1st, 2019!   

  • $175 for first place and publication
  • $100 for second place and consideration for publication
  • $50 for third place and consideration for publication

We are excited to announce that finalists will be judged blind by Venita Blackburn.


Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared in the  Virginia Quarterly Review, Paris Review, The Spectacle, Los Angeles  Review of Books Print Quarterly Journal, American Short Fiction, the  Georgia Review, Pleiades, Madison Review, Bat City Review, Nashville  Review, Smoke Long Quarterly, Café Irreal, Santa Monica Review,  Faultline, Devil’s Lake Review, Nat.Brut., Bellevue Literary Review,  audio download through Bound Off, and others. She was awarded a Bread  Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and several Pushcart prize nominations. She  received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, which resulted in  the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes,  in 2017. In 2018 she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham  award for debut fiction, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award and  recipient of the PEN America Los Angeles literary prize in fiction.  Current projects include finishing a new novel, a collection of flash  fiction and creative non-fiction. Her home town is Compton, California,  and she is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California  State University, Fresno. You can find her at venitablackburn.com and on Twitter @Venita Blackburn .

She says:

“Bring on the odd characters, the  beautiful sentences, the dastardly deeds and variations of form that  transcend expectations yet demonstrates structural control. I enjoy  traditional narratives and/or magical scenarios plus any combination of  the two. Culturally challenging content that manages to invest in every  grain of salt that feeds our civilization would also be pretty  marvelous. ”


  • All pieces must be between 1000-6000 words
  • Entries must be previously unpublished
  • All genres accepted.
  • Manuscripts must be in standard format, proofed and ready for publication
  • Entries must be made through our Submittable submission contest page
  • You may enter twice
  • No simultaneous submissions
  • Entry fee is $12
  • All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final
  • No contest entry fees will be returned
  • By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules
  • Contest rules are subject to change

Contest opens March 1st and runs through June 30th. Submit early!