Fence is accepting submissions now through March 31. Please read on for submission guidelines, which have been slightly modified since Fence’s last open submission period. All work should be submitted at

Poetry: Please submit up to five poems and no more than fifteen pages of poetry per submission. You may submit as many times as you would like. Each submission is $3. 

Fiction: Please limit your submission to one story of no more than 8000 words or three flash fictions of up to 1000 words each. Submissions containing more than one story or three flash fictions will not be read. Individuals are limited to one submission per submission period. Each submission is $3. 

Other: This category allows submitters to self-define by choosing not to define their genre. Is appropriate for work that is hybrid or otherwise not interested in saying what it is. Submit up to twenty-five pages of Other. Each submission is $3. 


The 2018 Ottoline Prize will run during the month of February 2017. 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 submission fee is $28, and all entrants receive a complimentary subscription or renewal to Fence.

The 2018 Fence Modern Prize in Prose will run early 2017. Details about the genre, schedule, fees, and judge will be available January 2017.