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$16.00 USD

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. 


  • All entries must be submitted online by December 31 by midnight CT. 
  • Entry fee is $16 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. 
  • Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced.
  • Cover sheets are not necessary. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.
  • We accept works up to 8,000 words. 
  • All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates. 
  • Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.
  • The winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier, and then published in the subsequent Fall or Spring issue of Boulevard.

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