The Cincinnati Review invites submissions for the annual Robert and Adele Schiff Prose and Poetry Awards. One poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2015 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1,000 each. All entries will be considered for publication in The Cincinnati Review.
Writers may submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 40 pages of a single prose piece, per entry. Previously published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form) will not be considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content; all entries will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable under the condition that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. As the contest is judged blind, no contact information may appear anywhere on the manuscript file. Files that do include identifying information will be rejected unread, and entry fees will not be refunded (though you’ll still get your free subscription).
The entry fee is $20, and includes a one-year subscription to The Cincinnati Review. Multiple submissions are welcome and come with additional yearlong subscriptions, which can be used to extend your original subscription or given as gifts. We will be accepting submissions only via our online submission manager, through which contestants can pay the entry fee. Again, please do not include the writer’s name or any identifying information in the manuscript file. Instead, in the “comments” field at the bottom of the entry page, enter the writer’s name, mailing address, telephone number, email, and the title(s) of the submitted work(s). Also, be sure to use the “genre” tab to indicate whether your submission is poetry, prose fiction, or prose nonfiction.
Note to international entrants: Our payment gateway requires you to enter a US state or territory and zip code as part of your address. We suggest you use ‘OH’ for the state and ‘45202’ for the zip code. If you already have an account with us, you’ll need to change this information on your account page before submitting payment. After your payment has gone through, please change your address back, so that your free subscription will go to the right place.
All entries will receive equal consideration.
Submissions will be accepted from June 1 to July 22.
Winners will be notified October 1, and an announcement will appear on our website and in the Winter 2015 issue. Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2015 issue, which comes out in May.
If you have any questions about the contest or problems submitting and/or making payment, please email editors[at]cincinnatireview.com, and we’ll get back to you shortly.