FENCE + Fence Books are open for submissions.

Tuesday,  March 21, 2017

The 2018 FMPP awarded to a work of Literature Appropriate for Children, and judged byDaniel Handler. “Literature Appropriate for Children” is prose whose primary audience is individuals between five and sixteen years old. Illustrated manuscripts are welcome, but the prize is for a work of prose, not a book of images which uses an occasional word. Manuscripts should be 200 pages or less. The fee to submit is $29. The winning manuscript will be published by Fence Books in Fall 2018. Submissions will be accepted February 22 –April 30 2017.

The Fence Modern Prize in Prose is a contest for open-form prose projects of any length written in English. Genres rotate between criticism, hybrid nonfiction, poetics, biography, autobiography, speculation, and anything Other. 

The 2018 Ottoline Prize will be open for submissions during the Month of March. The Ottoline Prize awards publication and $5,000 to a book-length work of poetry by a woman writing in English who has previously published one or more full-length books of poetry. The fee to submit is $29. The winning manuscript will be published by Fence Books in 2018, and the author will receive a $5000 cash prize. Past winners include Chelsey Minnis, Harmony Holiday, Lauren Shufran, Stacy Szymaszek, Wendy Xu, and Ariana Reines.

The Fence Modern Poets Series is open to poets of any gender and at any stage of career, and offers a one thousand dollar cash prize in addition to book publication. Past winners include Joyelle McSweeney, Prageeta Sharma, Geraldine Kim, Lee Ann Brown, and Paul Legault. The winning manuscript will be published by Fence Books in 2018. The Fence Modern Poets Series will be open during the month of April.


Tuesday,  January 3, 2017

Fence is accepting submissions now through March 31. All submissions must be submitted at Click here for information about new submission guidelines for Poetry, Fiction, and Other.



Read More

fence launch party: 12/7 at Howl! Arts in NYC

Tuesday,  November 29, 2016

fence32_partyIn the midst of this American chaos, a new issue of Fence emerges from the swamp. Issue #32 is chock full of work that takes the First Amendment as literature’s first step and sprints. In collaboration with Howl! ArtsFence invites you to a launch party at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th. Raise a glass or a fist, stick out your tongue, and join us in bringing this newest outpouring of words and weir

Read More


Thursday,  August 25, 2016

IMG_5138_RT_smIn partnership with Montez Press, you are invited tonightThursday, August 25 at 7 pm—to Read More


Thursday,  July 28, 2016

READ_FEED_CROPPED (1)The inaugural READ & FEED brings together artisanal makers of food with artisanal makers of literature. This “mini-festival” will feature panel discussions bringing together writers, farmers and chefs, cooking and mixology demonstrations, a marathon reading of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), and a marketplace featuring more than twenty small press publishers and artisanal food makers, plus food and drink.  Find Fence Books in the READ & FEED Marketplace, along with other publications and presses including: Belladonna*, Read More


Thursday,  July 7, 2016

TheCowHeader-01 Ariana Reines’s The Cow is turning ten, and your input is requested! Tomorrow, July 8 is the closing date for our Read More


Friday,  June 3, 2016

On Thursday, June 9 at 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Albany Symphony's New Music Festival, FENCE presents an evening of poetry performances curated by Rebecca Wolff at EMPAC. The event features poet-performers Shira Dentz and Diana Alvarez. Shira Dentz is the author of three books: black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), and how do i net thee (forthcoming) and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, downloadable for free). Her writing has appeared widely in journals including: The American Poetry Review, The Iowa

Read More

on James Shea’s The Lost Novel

Thursday,  May 26, 2016

"The voices of the poems in The Lost Novel are alternately unsettled, wry, contemplative, resigned, and baffled. But throughout those fluctuations they’re also relentlessly endearing; as the speaker of the poem “Florida, Missouri” tells it, This is the breezy firsthand / account of my life. If you don’t / want to listen, I don’t care. But it’s a testament to that insouciant breeziness that we do want to listen; we do care." —Jeff Alessandrelli, The Kenyon Review Read the whole review here

Read More

Slightly Younger Than Youtube: The Cow @ Ten

Thursday,  May 19, 2016


Fence readers: We're preparing a tenth-anniversary critical edition of The Cow, edited by Judith Goldman & featuring the voices of poets, artists, musicians, readers, fans & loathers of the book—and we wanna hear from you!  There'

Read More