Fence will accept submissions from February 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018. All work must be submitted at Full guidelines for each genre follow. 

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. 



Dates and full guidelines for the 2019 Fence Modern Prize in Prose, Ottoline Prize, and Modern Poets Series will be announced in January 2018. Sign up for the Fence newsletter and be among the first to hear all about it. 

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. This year’s genre will be announced January 2018. 

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 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.