Able Muse Write Prize

Able Muse Write Prize in Poetry & Flash Fiction

Able Muse Write Prize (for Poetry & Flash Fiction) -- 2014

(2011 Results HERE) | (2012 Results HERE) | (2013 Results HERE) | (2014 Results HERE)

 $500 prize for the best poem, and $500 prize for the best short story (flash fiction), plus publication in Able Muse (the print journal).
Finalists in each category will also be considered for publication.

Entry deadline: February 15, 2014

Final Judge - Poetry:
H.L. Hix - Final Judge
H.L. Hix

 

Final Judge - Fiction:
Eugenia Kim - Final Judge
Eugenia Kim

 

Guidelines:

  • Blind Judging by the Final Judges (H.L. Hix for poetry, Eugenia Kim for flash fiction).
  • Initial screening by the Able Muse Editors.
  • Entries may not be previously published.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted as long as we're immediately notified if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Unlimited entries per person for one or both categories
  • For poetry entries, all styles are welcome (metrical or free verse).
  • For poetry entries, each entry may contain 1 to 5 poems maximum, but all the poems combined should not exceed 10 pages per entry.
  • For fiction entries, each entry may contain 1 to two stories maximum (each story should be flash fiction/short-short-short under 1,500 words each, typed double-spaced).
  • We prefer online entries, however, paper/snail mail entry is available for those who insist on the traditional submission method.
  • If you wish to enter in both cateogries or if you enter more than once in one or both categories, then a separate entry fee and submission form must be completed for each entry.
  • If you're entering by paper/snail mail, the manuscripts cannot be returned so, do not send us your only copies.
  • For paper/snail mail entries, include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to receive the announcement of the winners.
  • The contests will be judged blind by the final judge, so:
    • Author's name should only appear on cover page and nowhere else.
    • Initial screening will be done by the editors of Able Muse.
      1. The final judges will received anonymized manuscripts (five to ten each depending and the number of total entries and their quality).
      2. The final judge will be instructed to disqualify any work that he recognizes. The entry fee the work thus disqualified will be refunded.
    • Include on your cover page ONLY:
      1. the category of your submission— i.e. "poetry contest" or "fiction contest"
      2. the poems/stories titles
      3. the total number of lines for all poems combined / total word count for all stories combined. (For deriving line or word count, do not include, blank lines, the poem or story title, epigraphs in the line/word count.)
      4. the poet's/writer's name
      5. address
      6. phone number, and
      7. email address.
    • For paper/snail mail entries, send manuscripts in duplicate.
  • Final Judge (Poetry): H.L. Hix
  • Final Judge (Flash Fiction): Eugenia Kim

Entry Methods:

  1. Preferred method is our online entry form
    1. DO NOT type or copy and paste your entry in the poem/fiction text box. Rather, upload your submission file from the upload field (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).
    2. Only send one file attachment with 1 to 5 poems or 1 to 2 stories in a single file, with the cover page prepared as described in the blind judging section above (do NOT attach a separate file for each poem or story! And the cover letter can be included in the same file as the poems or stories, but in the introductory page(s).)
    3. There should be no identification in the section of the manuscript pages that contain the poems or stories as described in the blind judging section above.
    4. Enter at http://www.ablemuse.com/enter-contest online.
  2. Second favorite entry method is via e-mail
    1. Follow the instructions for the online submission method in (1) above, in addition to the following:
    2. Again, do not type your submission in the body of the email. Rather, attach your submission file to the email (accepted formats are: Text, RTF, Word, Wordperfect, PDF, HTML).
    3. The subject of the email should be: "<Your Name>: Poetry Contest" for poetry entries, or "<Your Name>: Fiction Contest" for fiction entries.
    4. Email your entry to submission@ablemuse.com without any identification in the manuscript file itself as described in the blind judging section above.
  3. Least favorite entry method is paper by snail mail
    1. The manuscript should be without any identification as explained in the blind judging section above.
    2. The cover page should be prepared as explained in the blind judging section above (on a separate sheet of paper, included with the poems or stories submitted).
    3. The manuscript should be in duplicate as explained in the blind judging section above.
    4. Send your entry to:

      Able Muse Review
      (Poetry or Flash Fiction) Contest
      467 Saratoga Avenue #602
      San Jose, CA 95129
      USA

Entry Fees:

  • $15 for each entry which should contain a minimum of 1 poem, a maximum of 5 poems, but all the poems combined should not exceed 10 pages per entry).
  • $15 for each entry minimum which should contain a minmum of 1 story, a maximum of 2 stories (stories should be flash fiction/short-short-short under 1,500 words each, typed double-spaced).
  • No matter how you choose to enter (online or email or snail mail) you may choose to pay:
    1. Online ( right below!), OR,
    2. By check: Able Muse Review, and sent to the contest address indicated above.
    3. To enable us to match your payment to your entry, be sure to indicate the name you entered with (i.e. your pen name, etc), if it's different from the one under which payment was made, and this applies for online as well as check payment by snail mail.

Pay Entry Fee & Enter Contest Now:

 

ENTER THE ABLE MUSE WRITE PRIZE CONTEST NOW:

After payment, submit your poetry or fiction online at:
http://www.ablemuse.com/enter-contest .
Or, enter by email/snail mail as explained above:


 

Comments

The link which you say will take to a place where I can pay simply sends me to a page where I can start the entry form from and tells me to pay and that if I have not paid I should click on a link which sends me back to this page. I've gone in circles several times now looking for a way to pay online. Could you please provide a working link to where I can pay the entry fee?

Hi Simone (and everyone else entering):

** 2014 update: please ignore the instructions below. We now use WePay and the payment, and their payment page and process is straightforward and self-explanatory, unlike the now defunct Google Checkout ****

 

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Please, click the green 'Add to Cart' button above, and then, follow the instructions. After payment go to: http://www.ablemuse.com/enter-contest to submit your contest entry for poetry of fiction.

If your browser is not behaving properly, you may want to try a different one if you have one installed. Most of the time, that resolves the problem. If not use the 'contact us' link at the top to report any further problems.

Best,
...Alex

Best,

...Alex

 

Just to clarify, if we're sending poems for submissions, will they judge the poems collectively or inidividually....I just want to know if it'd be best to send my best one, or since I'm allowed to send a total of 5, I should send 4 more...but I don't want to hurt my chances with older (lesser) poems, lol.....
Thanks...
-Matthew s.
 
 

Hi Matthew,
Each poem is judged individually (not collectively as a package).
 
Best,
...Alex
 

When will the contest winners be announced, or winners notified?
 

We expect the winner to be announced by yearend or earlier.
 
Best,
...Alex
 

Is this open to international applicants?

Yes, it's open to all, worldwide.
 
Best,
...Alex
 

Yes, it's open to all, worldwide.
 
Best,
...Alex
 

I made the mistake making my payment after submitting my poems.  Do I need to resubmit my poems?
 

Hi Jeff,
 
No, you don't need to resubmit. We'll match your payment to your submission (assuming the name on both, and/or  the email use match in the payment and submission information).
 
Best,
...Alex
 

I pay by on Google checkout with my sister's card,  I wrote her name and the Google order form number, is that alright? Then I had sent  the poems with my email. Is that ok?

Hi Jie,
 
That's all right. Just indicated in your entry the name under which the payment was made so that we can match the the entry to the payment.
 
Best,
...Alex
 

Hi Jie,
The results for last year's (2012) contest were announced around mid-August last 2012 and all the contest entrants were notified directly of this by email. If you had entered the contest and somehow missed this, you can find the announcement here.
Best,
...Alex

Is the winner already select?? because I didn't saw where or when?

I can't find an 'open new Google account' at the top of the page (as stated in administrator reply to Simone above). Thus, I can't pay yet. Will hold the poems until I/we figure this out.

Hi Robert,

We now use WePay and the payment, and their payment page and process is straightforward and self-explanatory, unlike the now defunct Google Checkout. So, ignore the 'Simone' instructions above.

Best,

...Alex

There is NO "sign up for Google payment' at the top of the Google payment page when I click it. I don't have an account and can't figure out how to get one.
R. King
 

HI Robert,

 

When you get to the Google payment page, you should see the credit card payment form, OR a sign in/login form. If you find the login, it means you already have a Google account that you’ve used on that PC (e.g. Gmail, Google+, Google Wallet, etc.), and in that case simply login to the Google account to see the credit card payment form. 

If the above doesn't work, then it might be a cookie problem with your browser/PC, and using a different browser/PC often resolves the problem.

 

OR,

 

If all that fail or you're not comfortable paying online, then you can simply pay by check/money order through snail mail – for that, from the above listed contest link (http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-write-prize#enter_contest), simply scroll up to item 3. Where the snail mail address is indicated.

 

Best,

…Alex

Am I correct in thinking that if submit 4 poems, the fee will be $60.  Or is it $15 for all four?

Hi Mary,
No, that's not correct. You may submit anywhere from 1 to 5 poems for only $15. Any additional batch of 1 to 5 poems will require another entry for another $15 fee, etc.
Best,
...Alex
 
 

I have a manuscript of Poetry that is 46 pages long. There are approximately 25 lines of Poetry per page. Can I enter this manuscript, or do I have to adapt it to attain 50 pages?
 
Richard

Hi Richard,
That sounds like a borderline case, but it sounds just long enough to qualify. So, go ahead and enter. Note though that this page is for the Write Prize. You need to enter the Book Award contest at http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-book-award .
Best,
...Alex

Hi can we just mail a check for this entry fee? I am having trouble and I have read all of the troubleshooting guidelines. It's just not letting me make the payment.

Yes, you can pay by check. That information is included in the guidelines. Just scroll up to item 3 above in the guidelines for the payee and snail mail address for check/money order entry.
Still, here's an important note about Google Checkout for those having problems with it:
 
IMPORTANT: When you get to the Google payment page, you should see the credit card payment form, OR a sign in/login form. If you find the login, it means you already have a Google account that you’ve used on that PC (e.g. Gmail, Google+, Google Wallet, etc.), and in that case simply login to the Google account to see the credit card payment form. 
If the above doesn't work, then it might be a cookie problem with your browser/PC, and using a different browser/PC often resolves the problem.
OR,
If all that fail or you're not comfortable paying online, then you can simply pay by check/money order through snail mail – for that, from the above listed contest link (http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-write-prize#enter_contest), simply scroll up to item 3. Where the snail mail address is indicated.
 
Best,
…Alex

After work is submitted through the online entry form, are we to get a confirmation email? I recieved one for payment, but not for the submission and I was worried it didn't go through. Does anyone know if a confirmation is sent out?

Hi Caitlyn,

 

Use the contact form (http://www.ablemusepress.com/contact) to query us privately, including your identifying information, and we'll check our records and make sure it was properly received.

Best,

...Alex

Hello, I've workshoped my work on various online writing forums. Can I still submit to the contest?
Larry Dunn

Hi Larry, 
If it's a workshop that periodically prunes workshop posts, then it's fine to submit to the contest, and we don't consider the material published.
However, if it's a workshop that permanently archives the posts online, meaning that it's forever accessi ble online, then we consider the material published and won't accept it for the contest.
Best,
...Alex
 

How can I confirm that my submission was received? After I entered my information, the screen simply brought me back to the beginning. I did receive notice that the fee was paid. Thank you!

Hi Pamela,
 
Use the contact form (http://www.ablemusepress.com/contact) to query us privately, including your identifying information, and we'll check our records and make sure it was properly received.
Best,
...Alex

how can i resubmit my submission.  the alignment is really off and that means I just wasted $15 dollars. Please help.

Just resubmit, Joanna, and we'll use the newest version of your submission.
Best,
...Alex
 

Alex, there may not be time for me to receive a reply to this before the new closing date, but I'm a little confused by the archived/non-archived distinction. More specifically, are pieces that have appeared on the Eratosphere Metrical board eligible or not? Regards, Brian

Hi Brian,
Workshopped posts at Eratosphere qualify as not-previously published -- workshop forums there are pruned periodically (not archived).
Best,
...Alex

Dear Alex,
I thought I would pay my contest fee by check, so I indicated this on the contest form, then submitted my entry. Later I decided to pay by Google Wallet, which I then did. Thus, my contest entry will appear one way, but the payment was already made, and therefore no check will arrive. How do I get my Google Wallet receipt number to you for verification?
Andrea

Dear Andrea,
 
It's no problem. Your Google Wallet payment has already been confirmed and matched to your entry. Good luck!
Best,
...Alex

Any chance of paying via Paypal? That way I don't have to disclose CC info to yet another third party.

Hi Victor,

Unfortunately, there's no Paypal payment method. However, if you don't want to disclose your credit card information to WePay (the third-party credit card processor), you can pay the old-fashioned way by check/money order: Just go to http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-write-prize#enter_contest and scroll slightly up from there -- in brief, it's $15 per entry, check payable to Able Muse Review and snail-mailed to:

Able Muse Review
(Poetry or Flash Fiction) Contest
467 Saratoga Avenue #602
San Jose, CA 95129
USA

Best,

...Alex

I entered or think that I have entered into this contest.  I paid some money and sent my poems online, but am unsure if they were received properly.  I am wondering how I check on my submission status.

 

Ben 

Contact us with your email and entry information ( from the contact form at http://www.ablemusepress.com/contact ), and we'll respond and let you know the status of your entery.

Best,

...Alex

 

 

<p>I submitted five poems, paid on line, tried to submit as docx, but refused, so I changed file to rtf. I then got an email that said error, completely garbled words followed. Did you get my submission?</p>

<p>Thanks.</p>

<p>Rosalind Brenner</p>

Hi Rosalind,

Your entry was correctly received, and we can read it fine through the submission system (even though it might look garbled at your end).

Best,

...Alex

 

Hi Alex. Another question on payment, because it is very confusing. Since you now have two separate avenues for payment and submission(the 3rd party WePay), how do they merge? I'm ready to use WePay, but it still asks for the Google Checkout thing in the online form for submission, and it can't be skipped. So what do I do to prevent double payment?

PS- I can't very well send the payment by snail mail from India now, just saw it today. Please reply ASAP

Hi Aaryan - Sorry for the confusion. But it's now WePay only - (the Google Checkout service has been retired by Google). Just go to: http://www.ablemusepress.com/ablemuse-write-prize#enter_contest  and click on the button and the rest should be straightforward.

Best,

...Alex

 

As you can see below, users are told that files with "docx" extension are not allowed, and then "docx" is listed after "please upload a file with . . . .  So which is it?  I tried "docx," the extension for the most recent version of Word.  Didn't work, so I saved the submission as a 97-2003 version and that one was accepted.  This conflicting instruction may be reason other folks are experiencing some difficulty.  Also date on my submission is yesterday.  On the bright side, very nice, this ability to communicate with administrator and resolve problems quickly.

~~Subject field is required.
Files with the 'docx' extension are not allowed, please upload a file with a gif, jpg, png, bmp, tif, psd, txt, rtf, html, pdf, doc, avi, mov, mp3, wav, gz, rar, tar, zip, .mp4, .docx, or .wpd extension.

Hi Karen,

The .docx upload problem is a bug in the submission software. Please try sending by email attachment as indicated in the email option of the submission instructions (to:  ).

Best,

...Alex

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