The Second Annual Per Contra Prize

11 January 2008
Awarded March 2008
$1,000 First Prize and Publication in Per Contra for the Top Ten Entries

Winner will appear in Per Contra Spring 2008, also featuring the work of Daniel Hoffman, new and unpublished work by John Updike, Maxine Kumin, William Jay Smith, Rhina P. Espaillat and Stephen Dixon. Coming March 1st.


FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 U.S. dollars.

Top ten stories will be published in Per Contra in our 2008 editorial calendar year, with the authors paid our regular professional publication rates. Per Contra purchases first rights, right to archive and right to broadcast spoken word versions and right to reprint in an anthology. Copyright to work remains with the author.

All entries will be considered for publication. (Currently we are not accepting unsolicited submissions in poetry or fiction.)

Winners will be announced on March 1st in Per Contra. Additionally, winners will be notified by email.

PRIVACY POLICY: Per Contra collects information for the sole purpose of communication with the party providing the information. No information collected will be sold, shared with or distributed to any third party.


The story must be the original work of the author; however, collaborative work of two authors is acceptable when so noted. All entries must be written in English. Translations of other author’s works may not be submitted.

No previously published work or works forthcoming elsewhere may be submitted.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that they be withdrawn from the contest immediately, but the reading fee is non-refundable.

Stories must be at least 1,000 words and may not exceed 3,000 words.

Authors may send as many entries as they wish, but a $10 fee must accompany each submission.

Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, minimum 12 point type.

Author’s names, together with an accurate word count, and the title must appear on the cover sheet only. DO NOT PLACE AUTHOR’S NAME ON THE MANUSCRIPT.

Title and page number should appear on each page of the story.


Entries will be judged (identities will be concealed) by the editorial staff of Per Contra.

No current/former student or colleague of Miriam Kotzin’s or Bill Turner’s is eligible to be considered for the contest. Former students may use this as a period of open submission to Per Contra. Students may submit their work at

No one editorially or financially affiliated with Per Contra may enter the contest. Authors previously published in Per Contra may not enter the contest.

The winning stories will be published in Per Contra. Must be 18 or older to enter.

*****NEW PLEASE READ:***** We will only accept Personal Checks, Cashier’s Checks or Money Orders for Entries. Please make personal checks, money orders or cashier’s checks payable to William Turner.

Entries must be sent to the address below and postmarked no later than January 31, 2008. Entries cannot be returned.

Miriam Kotzin
Suite 10B
250 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19l07-5615

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