Award: $100

Entry fee: Free

Judge: Lesley Nneka Arimah

Theme: Separation

Word limit: 200

Deadline: 9/1/2017



Submission process:

  • All entries must be previously unpublished, 200 words or less, and on the theme of separation.
  • This contest is free to enter.
  • Please submit only ONE entry per person.
  • Entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the uploaded material. Do not submit a cover letter—the readings are blind, so you won’t need to butter us up.
  • Previously published stories and stories forthcoming in other publications (print or online) will not be considered.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Notify us immediately to withdraw a story that is accepted elsewhere.
  • Stories are first read internally by approximately ten members of the Paper Darts staff. Several finalists are then chosen and passed to the judge for her selection.
  • All submissions are eligible for publication by Paper Darts in print or online.
  • Deadline: 9/1/17 (subject to extend as we see fit).


*By submitting, you agree to have your email automatically added to our email communication list. 


Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria, sometimes not. Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and others. She currently lives in Minneapolis. Her book WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY was published by Riverhead Books in April 2017. Find her at www.larimah.com and @larimah.

*Please do not submit nonfiction longer than 1,000 words. Fiction submissions have a separate submission page. Please do not submit poetry to our fiction submission page.

*The majority of submissions will be published online, but everything submitted to our website will be considered for our next print issue as well.

*We will absolutely not accept work that has been previously published elsewhere (this includes self-published works, chapbooks, and all other ilks of publication).

*Absolutely no manuscripts or chapters from full-length works.

*Upload all files at one time, not as individual submissions.

*Tell us in your cover letter if something is a simultaneous submission, and let us know how you found out about Paper Darts.

*Links to personal blogs, websites, etc. with more of your work are also appreciated if you have them.

*By submitting, you agree to have your email automatically added to our email communication list. 

*Please do not submit fiction longer than 1,000 words. Nonfiction submissions have a separate submission page. Please do not submit poetry to our fiction submission page.

*The majority of submissions will be published online, but everything submitted to our website will be considered for our next print issue as well.

*We will absolutely not accept work that has been previously published elsewhere (this includes self-published works, chapbooks, and all other ilks of publication).

*Absolutely no manuscripts or chapters from full-length works.

*Upload all files at one time, not as individual submissions.

*Tell us in your cover letter if something is a simultaneous submission, and let us know how you found out about Paper Darts.

*Links to personal blogs, websites, etc. with more of your work are also appreciated if you have them.

*By submitting, you agree to have your email automatically added to our email communication list. 

*All images must be at least 300 dpi

*Upload all pieces at one time (max 10 files), not as individual submissions.

*In your cover letter please include a link to your personal website/online portfolio if you have one and let us know how you found out about Paper Darts.

*By submitting, you agree to have your email automatically added to our email communication list.