April 22, 2013

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Kentucky Monthly’s 6th Annual Writers’ Showcase

Submission deadline: August 5, 2013

Thank you to everyone who submitted works for consideration.  Be sure to pick up our November issue to read the winning writers' pieces.

Attention, writers! Kentucky Monthly is seeking submissions for our annual literary section, which will appear in the November issue. Entries will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction

In celebration of Kentucky Monthly's 15th anniversary, 15-word stories and poems will be given special consideration.


Only submissions from Kentucky writers will be considered for publication. Our definition of a Kentucky writer is anyone who currently lives in Kentucky, has lived in Kentucky or uses Kentucky as subject matter. Submissions must adhere to our literary guidelines. Please thoroughly review these guidelines before submitting your stories or poems. Submission of stories and/or poems, indicates you have read and agree to the terms outlined in the guidelines. See below for complete literary guidelines. 

Submission fees

Fiction and creative non-fiction submissionsWriters may submit one fiction and one creative nonfiction story at no charge. Each additional submission requires a $10 entry fee. A maximum of eight entries in each category (fiction, creative nonfiction) may be submitted.

Poetry submissions – Writers may submit up to three poems at no charge. Each additional poetry submission requires a $10 entry fee. A maximum of 10 poems may be submitted.

Written submissions – Our preferred method for receiving literary submissions is via the electronic form below. However, we will accept submissions by mail. There is a $10 fee for each mailed submission (even if all submissions are included in the same envelope). Please make checks payable to Kentucky Monthly, note in the memo field of the check “literary submissions” and mail to: Kentucky Monthly, Attn: Literary Issue, PO Box 559, Frankfort KY, 40602-0559.

Literary Guidelines

Kentucky Monthly is seeking high-quality poetry, fiction and nonfiction prose by Kentucky writers for its sixth annual literary issue in November 2013. Our definition of a Kentucky writer is anyone who currently lives in Kentucky, has lived in Kentucky or uses Kentucky as subject matter. Submission deadline for entries is August 5, 2013.

Each submitter may electronically submit a maximum of one fiction story, one nonfiction piece, and/or three poems free of charge. Please see submission fees (above) for costs incurred for additional and non-electronic submissions.

Submissions should be fewer than 2,013 words (fewer for poetry submissions). Submissions should be typed and double-spaced (poems may be single-spaced).  This year, we're also soliciting 15-word stories and poems, which will be given special consideration for publication.

The writers of selected works will be notified by October 10, 2013. If you are not notified by that date, please assume that your work did not fit our current needs. Due to the sheer volume of literary submissions we receive in addition to general magazine queries and submissions, we regretfully are unable to contact every submitter. Please do not contact the magazine to inquire about your literary submission. You will be notified by October 10 if your work is to appear in the literary issue.

Submission of works indicates writer’s warranty that to the best of his/her knowledge, the submitted material is original and does not infringe any other proprietary right of any other person, or contain any scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter.

It is strongly suggested that you take the time to read an issue of Kentucky Monthly. The majority of rejections are because the work is not suited to the tone and aesthetic of the magazine. Reprints are fine, but please let us know if your submission is a reprint so that we can provide appropriate credit. Simultaneous submissions are also fine, but you must let us know if the work is accepted elsewhere. The author retains the rights to the work. Please credit Kentucky Monthly if your work is republished.

What we are seeking:

Poetry – We are looking for poems that are extraordinary for their originality, craftsmanship and vision. Poems of any length and form are welcomed.

Creative Nonfiction – We are seeking personal essays/short stories, journal entries and memoir excerpts that read like fiction.

- A fresh topic or a surprising take on life in Kentucky

- Character development

- Amusing narrative

- Rich details with a distinctive personal voice

Fiction – We are looking for short stories with rich prose and plot.

Please keep in mind submissions exceeding 2,013 words will not be considered.

Thank you for your interest!  We look forward to reading your work.

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