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.
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.