Mikrokosmos is excited to announce the 2018-2019 Mikrokosmos Poetry Contest.

The top three submissions will be published in our annual print issue in March 2019.

First Prize: $200

Second Prize: $100

Third Prize: $50

Submit up to five poems or ten pages of poetry.

Do not put your name or any identifying information anywhere on your manuscript. 

All non-prize winning submissions will also be considered for our online publication, mojo.

This years judge is the awe-inspiring Ruth Ellen Kocher.  

Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of the poetry collections Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press 2013), Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2013), One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press 2003), When the Moon Knows You're Wandering, winner of the Green Rose Prize in Poetry (New Issues Press 2002), and Desdemona's Fire, winner of the Naomi Long Madget Award for African American Poets (Lotus Press 1999). Her poems have been translated into Persian in the Iranian literary magazine, She’r, and have appeared or are forthcoming in various anthologies including, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, An Anthology for Creative Writers: The Garden of ForkingPaths, IOU: New Writing On Money, New Bones: Contemporary Black Writing in America. She has taught poetry writing for the University of Missouri, Southern Illinois University, the New England College Low Residency MFA program, the Indiana Summer Writer’s workshop, and Washington University’s Summer Writing program.

Mikrokosmos is excited to announce the 2018-2019 Mikrokosmos Fiction Contest.

The top three submissions will be published in our annual print issue in March 2019.

First Prize: $200

Second Prize: $100

Third Prize: $50

Submit up to three pieces totaling no more than 6,000 words. 

Do not put your name or any identifying information anywhere on your manuscript. 

All non-prize winning submissions will also be considered for our online publication, mojo.

This year's judge is the incredibly talented Lindsey Drager. 

Lindsey Drager is the author of the novels The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, 2017) and The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Prize, recipient of Silver in the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction, and now available in braille. She has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference and has received fully funded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the I-Park Foundation. In 2017, she presented work and served on panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the International Society for the Study of Narrative Convention, the NonfictioNow Conference in Reykjavík, Iceland, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel-in-stories tentatively titled The Archive of Alternative Endings, which offers queer retellings of the Hansel and Gretel narrative over the course of a millennium told in 75-year increments that correspond with the passing of Halley’s comet.

We might tend to like quirky- and are interested in stories that excite us with innovation in form, structure, and language- but above all, we're looking for stories that connect us, touch us, revolutionize our worlds. Experimental or not, give us a quality story. 

Please send a single story under 6,000 words. If you're submitting flash fiction, include up to three stories in a single document. 

In the appropriate field of the submission manager please include your contact information: name, email, phone number. A brief bio is optional, but welcomed. 

If you have flash fiction accepted elsewhere, please add a note to your submission to let us know which must be withdrawn from consideration. Do not withdraw the entire submission if one or more of your flash fiction pieces are still available.



 Our staff is interested in poems that blur contemporary styles with traditional modes, poems that light up with raw energy but point in a specific direction, and poems that push through leaps of image and gesture but resound with a strong emotional core.  Above all, we enjoy poems that are willing to take risks while maintaining clarity of expression.  

Send up to 4 poems at a time or 8 pages maximum. If you have a single long poem that exceeds 8 pages, we welcome you to submit it as an exception to the page-limit rule and as the totality of your submission for that issue. Please submit all of your poems in one document.

If you have poetry accepted elsewhere, please add a note to your submission to let us know which must be withdrawn from consideration. Do not withdraw the entire submission if some poems are still available.



 We enjoy creative nonfiction pieces that embrace the tactics of fiction, but we don't shy away from the innovative and experimental (in fact, we're rather interested in what you can show us)! But keep in mind, we're looking for engaging nonfiction stories, not journalism or academic essays. 

Pieces should be under 6,000 words. In the appropriate field of the submission manager, include a short bio and your contact information: name, email, phone number. 



We're interested in narrative-driven art and comics that embody any number of different styles and techniques. Show us something that uses the visual medium to push boundaries and says something important. 

We are looking for anything: Political commentary. Comedy. Memoir. Or just a good story. Feel free to submit genre-bending work. Limit submissions to three short pieces totaling no more than ten pages. 

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