Fence will be open for submissions again July 15 through August 15. 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 three poems and no more than ten pages of poetry per submission. You may submit as many times as you would like. Each submission is $5.
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 $5.
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 $5.
The 2021 Ottoline Prize will open for entries September 13, 2020.
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 $31, and all entrants receive a complimentary subscription or renewal to Fence.
The winner of the previous Ottoline Prize is Beth Roberts. Her book of poems, Like You, will be published in late 2020.
The FMPP is on hiatus until 2022 while Fence editor Rebecca Wolff is serving in public office as an alderperson on the Common Council of Hudson, NY.
In 2019 Fence Books 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 2021. The cash award will be donated to the Mark Baumer Sustainability 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. The winner of the prize also receives a two-week residency at Eliot House, in Gloucester, MA.
This prize series is on hiatus until 2022 while Fence editor Rebecca Wolff is serving in public office as an alderperson on the Common Council of Hudson, NY.
June 28, 2021
To all nurses:
Fence seeks submissions or creative writing from professional nurses currently practicing, retired, or teaching. We are happy to read any genre of writing (poetry, fiction, etc.), although we are particularly interested in nonfiction accounts or vivid essays that allow the reader to gain an understanding of the range of professional complexities and emotions a nurse goes through and, in the end, what matters. Deadline is November 30.
We want to honor you, hear from you, and share with our readership your raw experiences in the field, during the Covid19 pandemic or otherwise. We want to understand your frustrations and ideas for improvement in the medical realm in terms of the ethics, policy, and standards of caregiving. We want to know how you have cared for the ill, the elderly, and the dying. We hope you might be willing to share in writing your ideas and most evocative stories with our readers.
The print journal necessarily has limited space for our selections and any images published there must be black and white; we have about forty pages of space available to us for this. However, on our companion website, www.fenceportal.org, there is an area if you scroll down called “Steaming” where we also publish work. We have limitless space online where it is also easy to run color images and multimedia files.
This is risk-free, as all work received will ultimately be accepted for publication. We are committed to publishing everything we receive from each nurse who takes the time to send and submit a piece of writing. There are no specific guidelines to constrain you within a particular assignment or topic -- what you write about is up to you -- the story you need and want to share,. If you are interested but unsure about what might be best to write about, please get in touch with us and we can provide you with firmer directions after we all confer.
Length is open – 5000 words would be around the maximum and would be perfectly fine, while even 250 words could be the minimum. We will be publishing the material in two locations at the same time. – in issue 39 of the printed and distributed physical journal AND on our website’s homepage in a section called “Steaming.” You are welcome to include images and even links to videos. Images must be in B&W for the print journal but have no limits on the website. If you’d like to run an idea by us before committing to writing, please feel free to email us at any time with your thoughts, questions, and/or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or sar
Pieces of writing that you, a nurse, would like us to take a look at should not go through the normal magazine submission process but instead be directly sent as a .docx file to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline is November 30, 2021.
Sarah Falkner and Jason Zuzga
Fence Other/Nonfiction Editors
Again, please include both of our emails in any queries or when sending on your work: