Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.  —Jorge Luis Borges  

While we accept submissions on a broad range of themes, we are particularly interested in investigating the multifaceted meanings of constructions—literal, metaphoric, literary, theoretical, and more. We look for work that’s not afraid to ask the difficult and often unanswerable questions: how do humans create a sense of place, home, self, nation? how can we challenge these constructions and redefine their boundaries? how do we, in Borges’ terms, negotiate between stone and sand?
 

Ends on July 15, 2019$15.00
$15.00

Send us your best work. Our editors will read all submissions and send a small group of finalists to the judges. Winners will be announced in the beginning of September and published in our Fall Issue. All submissions will be considered for publication.

GUIDELINES

  1. All writing must be your original and unpublished creative work. Please note that social media and personal blogs are considered publication so do not send work that has previously appeared in print or online.  
  2. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere on the submission. 
  3. Editors will read all submissions and pass a group of finalists onto the judges who will  then select the winner. Judges will read all submissions blind.  
  4. The entry fee covers 3 poems (10 pages max). Please include the entire submission in one document. However, you may make as many submissions as you like and in multiple genre categories, provided you submit the $15 fee each time. 

POETRY JUDGE

Nomi Stone is a poet and an anthropologist, and the author of two poetry collections, Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly 2008) and Kill Class (Tupelo 2019). Winner of a Pushcart Prize, Stone’s poems appear recently in POETRY,  American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, Tin House, New England Review, and elsewhere. Stone has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson, and this fall, she will begin as an Assistant Professor in Poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas. Kill Class is based on two years of fieldwork she conducted within war trainings in mock Middle Eastern villages erected by the US military across America. 

Ends on July 15, 2019$15.00
$15.00

Send us your best work. Our editors will read all submissions and send a small group of finalists to the judges. Winners will be announced in the beginning of September and published in our Fall Issue. All submissions will be considered for publication.


GUIDELINES

  1. All writing must be your original and unpublished creative work. Please note that social media and personal blogs are considered publication so do not send work that has previously appeared in print or online.  
  2. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere on the submission. 
  3. Editors will read all submissions and pass a group of finalists onto the judges who will then select the winner. Judges will read all submissions blind.  
  4. The entry fee covers  1 story up to 2,500 words or 3 flash pieces up to 1,500 words total. Please include the entire submission in one document. However, you may make as many submissions as you like and in multiple genre categories, provided you submit the $15 fee each time. 

FICTION JUDGE

Megan Giddings has degrees from University of Michigan, Miami University, and Indiana University. She is Fiction co-Editor at The Offing and a Features Editor at The Rumpus. In 2018, she was a recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial fund grant for feminist fiction. Her stories are forthcoming or that have been recently published in Black Warrior Review, Arts & Letters, Gulf Coast, and The Iowa Review. Her novel, Lakewood, will be published by Amistad in 2020. 


Send us your best work. Our editors will read all submissions and send a small group of finalists to the judges. Winners will be announced in the beginning of September and published in our Fall Issue. All submissions will be considered for publication.

GUIDELINES

  1. All writing must be your original and unpublished creative work. Please note that social media and personal blogs are considered publication so do not send work that has previously appeared in print or online.  
  2. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere on the submission. 
  3. Editors will read all submissions and pass a group of finalists onto the judges who will then select the winner. Judges will read all submissions blind.  
  4. The entry fee covers 1 essay up to 2,500 words. Please include the entire submission in one document. However, you may make as many submissions as you like and in multiple genre categories, provided you submit the $15 fee each time. 

NONFICTION JUDGE

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. His memoir, Children of the Land is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. prize (BOA editions 2018), and a winner of the 2019 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award in poetry as well as a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Foreword INDIES Best Book of the Year Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. His first chapbook, Dulce, was the winner of the Drinking Gourd Prize published by Northwestern University Press. Check out his website: https://www.marcelohernandezcastillo.com  

We are currently closed to regular submissions, but if you simply can't wait until we re-open or want to contribute to keeping Construction running smoothly, you can use this tip jar option. 

You can submit work in any genre here, but please specify what genre your piece falls in within the title of your submission.

Genre guidelines:

Poetry: submit up to 5 poems or 10 pages.

Fiction: submit up to 3 flash pieces or 2500 words.

Nonfiction: submit up to 3 shorter pieces or 2500 words.

Construction Literary Magazine