$10.00

Judged by Sarah Hepola, New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Blackout.

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

The winner will be announced publicly in May 2017. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April 2017. Judges' decisions are final. 

Awards: 1st prize receives $500.00 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 qualify for free professional edits on their submission.

Submission Fee: $10.00

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. 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 four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.
Ends in 5 days, 3 hours $15.00
$15.00

Judged by Simon Tolkien, renowned author and grandson of THE J.R.R.

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

The winner will be announced publicly in March 2017. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April 2017. 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

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. 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 four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.
$12.00

Judged by Bryn Greenwood, author of the gorgeous debut All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (which won second place in the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction.

Criteria: Any genre with a limit of 750 words.

The winner will be announced publicly in March 2017. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April 2017. 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)


Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. 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 before submitting to get an idea of our aesthetic. 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 four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.
$8.00

Judged by Bryn Greenwood, author of the gorgeous debut All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (which won second place in the Goodreads Choice Awards for fiction.

Criteria: Any genre with a limit of 750 words.

The winner will be announced publicly in March 2017. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April 2017. 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

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. 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 four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.
Ends in 5 days, 3 hours $12.00
$12.00

Judged by Linda Pastan, legendary American poet.

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

The winner will be announced publicly in March 2017. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April 2017. 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)


Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. 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 before submitting to get an idea of our aesthetic. 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 four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.
$8.00

Judged by Linda Pastan, legendary American poet.

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

The winner will be announced publicly in March 2017. All participants will be notified about the contest results by email from TBL judges by the end of April 2017. Judges' decisions are final. 

Awards: 1st prize receives $300.00 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: $8.00

Submission Guidelines: Please visit our guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. 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 four-year-publishing history, our top priority must remain with the quality of work we publish.