Judge: Alyssa Wong

Criteria: Any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words.

The winner will be announced publicly on September 15. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL staff. Judges' decisions are final. 

Awards: 1st prize receives $1,000.00 and publication as the featured short story in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications as well as in our online literary journal, F(r)Online. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.

Submission Fee: $15.00

Important Submission Guidelines

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.

Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.

We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these options and choose your submission category carefully.

Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible. 

We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at the TBL Store.

Note: Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the TBL Untethered Podcast.


* Tethered by Letters reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any of the above categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

Judge: Len Kuntz

Criteria: Any genre with a limit of 750 words.

The winner will be announced publicly on September 15. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges. Judges' decisions are final.

Awards: 1st prize receives $300.00 and publication as the featured flash fiction in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications as well as in our online literary journal, F(r)Online. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.

Submission Fee: $12 (three submissions)

Important Submission Guidelines

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.

Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.

We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these options and choose your submission category carefully. Note that for poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.

Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible. 

We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at the TBL Store.

Note: Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the TBL Untethered Podcast.

* Tethered by Letters reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any of the above categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

Judge: Len Kuntz

Criteria: Any genre with a limit of 750 words.

The winner will be announced publicly on September 15. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges. Judges' decisions are final.

Awards: 1st prize receives $300.00 and publication as a feature in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications as well as in our online literary journal, F(r)Online. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.

Submission Fee: $8.00

Important Submission Guidelines

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission.We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.

Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.

We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these options and choose your submission category carefully. Note that for poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.

Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible. 

We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at the TBL Store.

Note: Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the TBL Untethered Podcast.

* Tethered by Letters reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any of the above categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

Judge: Jericho Brown

Criteria: Poetry of any style with a limit of three pages per poem.

The winner will be announced publicly on September 15. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges. Judges' decisions are final.

Awards: 1st prize receives $300.00 and publication as featured poetry in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications as well as in our online literary journal, F(r)Online. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.

Submission Fee: $12 (three submissions)

Important Submission Guidelines

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.

Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.

We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these options and choose your submission category carefully. Note that for poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.

Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible. 

We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at the TBL Store.

Note: Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the TBL Untethered Podcast.

* Tethered by Letters reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any of the above categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.

Judge: Jericho Brown

Criteria: Poems of any style, up to three pages in length.

The winner will be announced publicly on September 15. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges. Judges' decisions are final.

Awards: 1st prize receives $300.00 and publication as the featured poem in F(r)iction, our triannual print collection. Five finalists will be considered for subsequent F(r)iction publications as well as in our online literary journal, F(r)Online. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission.

Submission Fee: $8.00

Important Submission Guidelines

Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. We prefer to read all our submissions blind. Please include your name and contact information in your cover letter only and remove any identifying information from the submitted manuscript itself.

Please also be aware that as we receive hundreds of submissions for each of our contest we are unable to offer personalized feedback. If you are specifically seeking feedback on your work, please consider submitting elsewhere.

We are unable to offer refunds for contest submissions, so please read these options and choose your submission category carefully. Note that for poetry and flash fiction, you can submit ONE ENTRY or a THREE PACK.

Staff members are not eligible for participation. Any work previously submitted to TBL for publication is not eligible. 

We strongly recommend checking out a past issue of F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic before submitting. You can do this at the TBL Store.

Note: Tethered by Letters reserves the right to discuss contest entries, finalists, and winners in the TBL Untethered Podcast.

* Tethered by Letters reserves the right to NOT award a winner in any of the above categories if the submissions do not reach a publishable standard. In this case, reading fees will NOT be refunded and a winner will not be announced. Although this has never come to pass in our six-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.