*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. 
 

Award: $100

Entry fee: Free

Judge: Leesa Cross-Smith

Theme: BRIGHT

Word limit: 200

Deadline: November 30, 2018




Submission process:

  • All entries must be previously unpublished, 200 words or less, and on the theme of BRIGHT (take it seriously, take it aback, take it for a spin, but you don't have to take it literally).
  • 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: 11/30/2018 (subject to extend as we see fit).


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


 

Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and writer from Kentucky. She is the author of Whiskey & Ribbons (Hub City Press, 2018) and Every Kiss a War (Mojave River Press, 2014) and the forthcoming short story collection So We Can Glow (Grand Central Publishing, 2020) and the forthcoming novel This Close To Okay (Grand Central Publishing, 2021.)  Every Kiss a War was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (2012) and the Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012). Her short story “Whiskey & Ribbons” won Editor’s Choice in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (2011) and was listed as a notable story for storySouth‘s Million Writers Award. The novel Whiskey & Ribbons was longlisted for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and listed among Oprah Magazine’s “Top Books of Summer.” She was a consulting editor for Best Small Fictions 2017. Her work has appeared in Oxford AmericanBest Small Fictions 2015, NYLON, Alaska Quarterly Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, SmokeLong QuarterlyLittle FictionWigleaf Top 50Longform FictionCarve Magazine, Synaesthesia Magazine, Paper Darts, Hobart, Pithead ChapelGigantic SequinsFolioAmerican Short Fiction (online)Midwestern GothicJukedWord Riot and many others. She and her husband Loran run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper. Find more @ LeesaCrossSmith.com and WhiskeyPaper.com.

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