BOMB’s Biennial Fiction Contest

Fiction Contest2019

Each year BOMB hosts a literary contest to recognize the talents of an emerging writer, selected by a distinguished guest judge in the field. 

We are pleased to announce that this year’s fiction contest will be judged by writer and artist Renee Gladman. Preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of prose, poetry, drawing, and architecture, Gladman is the author of twelve books. Her cycle of novels set in the invented city-state of Ravicka—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013), and Houses of Ravicka (2017)—are all available from Dorothy, a publishing project. Calamities (Wave Books, 2016) is a collection of linked essays on writing and community. Prose Architectures (Wave Books, 2017) is her first monograph of drawings. Morelia (Solid Objects, 2019), a novel, is her latest and will appear this April. One Long Black Sentence, a book of white ink drawings on black paper and indexed by Fred Moten, is forthcoming in the fall. She is currently writer-in-residence at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

This year’s winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BOMB’s literary supplement, First Proof.

Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts must be fewer than 5,000 words and consist of a single story.
  • All entries will be considered anonymously. Authors should include a cover letter with name, address, email, phone number, and title of story. Please do not write a name on the actual manuscript. Non-anonymous manuscripts will be immediately disqualified.
  • Winner receives $1,000 and publication in BOMB Magazine.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but reading fee is not transferable.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Work must be uploaded via Submittable.
  • Reading Fee: $20. Includes a free one-year subscription to BOMB for US entrants.
  • Submission period: March 27–May 5, 2019.

Email with any questions.

The winner will be announced on July 31, 2019.