Fence will be open for submissions again in the fall of 2018. Sign up for the newsletter to make sure you receive notification. Please read on for submission guidelines, which have been slightly modified since Fence’s last open submission period. All work should be submitted at fence.submittable.com.
Poetry: Please submit up to five poems and no more than ten 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 pages of Other. Each submission is $3.
The 2020 Ottoline Prize is open for entries until September 30, 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 winner of the prize also receives a two-week residency at Eliot House, in Gloucester, MA. The submission fee is $28, and all entrants receive a complimentary subscription or renewal to Fence.
The winner of the previous Ottoline Prize is Lesle Lewis. Her book of poems, title TBA, will be published in 2019.
Lesle Lewis’ books include Small Boat (winner of the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize), Landscapes I & II (Alice James Books, 2006), lie down too (Alice James Books, winner of Beatrice Hawley Award, 2011), A Boot’s a Boot (winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Competitions, 2014) and the chapbook It’s Rothko in Winter or Belgium (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). Lesle Lewis lives in New Hampshire.
The 2019 FMPP is currently open for entries for a work of prose memoir. The deadline for this contest is September 7, 2018.
Fence Books has selected a work by the late poet-activist Mark Baumer to win the Fence Modern Prize in Prose for Travel Writing. An edition of his writings will be edited by Shane Jones and Blake Butler and published in 2020. The cash award will be donated to the Mark BaumerSustainability Fund.
Mark Baumer was killed by an SUV in 2017 while he was walking barefoot across America to raise awareness about climate change. Recently Ottessa Moshfegh wrote about him: "We lost this brave genius last year, and the books he gifted us while he lived are so wonderfully strange and honest and beautiful, I can’t believe he even existed. He was more than a poet or performance artist — Baumer’s life itself was a work of art. He was truly radical, and the most openhearted, unjaded human I’ve ever met."
The Fence Modern Poets Series awards book publication and a $1,000 cash prize to a poet of any gender or gender identity writing in English at any stage of their publishing career.