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 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.