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Win $1,000 Poetry Open Prize at Gemini Magazine

15 November 2019

Gemini Magazine $1,000 Poetry Open Prize

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
SECOND PRIZE: $100
HONORABLE MENTIONS (4): $25 each
Entry fee: $8
Deadline: January 2, 2020


All six finalists will be published online in the March 2020 issue of Gemini.

We have no rules on content. We are open to ANY subject, poetic form, writing style, or length. Poems must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

All entries are read blind—without the authors’ names or any identifying information. We delete this information when forwarding pieces to staff readers so all they see are the title and body of the story. Who can enter? Anyone from around the world. This is our tenth annual short story contest and both new and experienced writers have won the top prize. All four dozen previous winners and finalists may be read online.

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE CONTEST SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

We get a lot of entries and don’t want to miss any stories that might be potential winners. So here’s how our selection process works: On the first go-round, we break the entries down into two categories: MAYBE and NO. We read each one with an open mind, and if there’s a spark or something that even remotely captures a staff reader’s interest, we put it into the MAYBE pile. For emailed entries, we do this by clicking “Flag for Follow-up.” So what happens if we’re not sure? We click “Mark as Unread” and this entry gets a second chance too.

Snail mailed entries that show promise get a check mark on the back of the envelope. Those that don’t pique our interest get an X. Any undecideds go back into the initial pile for another read. We don’t call this a slush pile. We call it a gold mine.

At last the final story or poem has been read. Now comes the truly fun part because just about any piece we open in the second round will be good. We’re more at ease to enjoy the writing and fall into the world that it creates.

Every single piece that’s been flagged or checked gets another read. If an emailed entry doesn’t make this cut, we clear the flag. If a paper entry doesn’t survive, the check mark gets turned into an X.

At this point, the special pieces have started to rise. The ground starts to rumble. Tension and electricity fill the atmosphere and much discussion is generated. Friends, acquaintances—even complete strangers—are likely to hear a synopsis or a quote. In a way, the world becomes the judge.

By the third or fourth round, we are down to a short list of perhaps a dozen or so pieces and it is time to pick the winners. But wait! Just to be sure and fair (and perhaps because the editor is a bit obsessive), we randomly go through many of the NO entries and take another look.

This is how Beverly Akerman’s wonderful story
“Pie” was discovered in our first Flash Fiction Contest. It hadn’t been flagged or even marked as unread. But we gave it another look and it leaped to the top when we realized it wasn’t just about a recipe for pie; rather, it showed us a woman who swore she would never again bake her son’s favorite rhubarb pie—or any other pie—until he returned from war.

So here at Gemini, we’re very happy that nearly every entry gets a second look—and a second chance. 

What are you waiting for? As Stephen King put it, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Enter at http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

Gemini Magazine $1,000 Poetry Open Prize

12 October 2019

Gemini Magazine $1,000 Poetry Open Prize

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
SECOND PRIZE: $100
HONORABLE MENTIONS (4): $25 each
Entry fee: $8
Deadline: January 2, 2020


All six finalists will be published online in the March 2020 issue of Gemini.

We have no rules on content. We are open to ANY subject, poetic form, writing style, or length. Poems must be unpublished but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible.

All entries are read blind—without the authors’ names or any identifying information. We delete this information when forwarding pieces to staff readers so all they see are the title and body of the story. Who can enter? Anyone from around the world. This is our tenth annual short story contest and both new and experienced writers have won the top prize. All four dozen previous winners and finalists may be read online.

PANNING FOR GOLD: HOW THE CONTEST SELECTION PROCESS WORKS

We get a lot of entries and don’t want to miss any stories that might be potential winners. So here’s how our selection process works: On the first go-round, we break the entries down into two categories: MAYBE and NO. We read each one with an open mind, and if there’s a spark or something that even remotely captures a staff reader’s interest, we put it into the MAYBE pile. For emailed entries, we do this by clicking “Flag for Follow-up.” So what happens if we’re not sure? We click “Mark as Unread” and this entry gets a second chance too.

Snail mailed entries that show promise get a check mark on the back of the envelope. Those that don’t pique our interest get an X. Any undecideds go back into the initial pile for another read. We don’t call this a slush pile. We call it a gold mine.

At last the final story or poem has been read. Now comes the truly fun part because just about any piece we open in the second round will be good. We’re more at ease to enjoy the writing and fall into the world that it creates.

Every single piece that’s been flagged or checked gets another read. If an emailed entry doesn’t make this cut, we clear the flag. If a paper entry doesn’t survive, the check mark gets turned into an X.

At this point, the special pieces have started to rise. The ground starts to rumble. Tension and electricity fill the atmosphere and much discussion is generated. Friends, acquaintances—even complete strangers—are likely to hear a synopsis or a quote. In a way, the world becomes the judge.

By the third or fourth round, we are down to a short list of perhaps a dozen or so pieces and it is time to pick the winners. But wait! Just to be sure and fair (and perhaps because the editor is a bit obsessive), we randomly go through many of the NO entries and take another look.

This is how Beverly Akerman’s wonderful story
“Pie” was discovered in our first Flash Fiction Contest. It hadn’t been flagged or even marked as unread. But we gave it another look and it leaped to the top when we realized it wasn’t just about a recipe for pie; rather, it showed us a woman who swore she would never again bake her son’s favorite rhubarb pie—or any other pie—until he returned from war.

So here at Gemini, we’re very happy that nearly every entry gets a second look—and a second chance. 

What are you waiting for? As Stephen King put it, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Enter at http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

Last call for entries! Gemini Magazine 10th Annual Short Story Contest

29 March 2019

Gemini Magazine 10th Annual Short Story Contest

– First prize: $5,000
– Second prize: $250
– Honorable mentions (3): $50 each
– Entry fee: $10

– Deadline: April 1

We are open to any subject, style, genre or length. Send your best, most powerful, unpublished work by email or snail mail. All five finalists will be published online in the June/July 2019 issue of Gemini. Both new and experienced writers have won our contests. All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance. Last year’s winner, “Bedlam” by George Harrar, featured a psych ward nurse dealing with traumatic issues of her own. Other winners have addressed such topics as prostitution, a sex-less future society, and the Troubles of Northern Ireland. Read more than 40 winners/finalists online.

Enter at www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

THE SIXTH ANNUAL GeminiMAGAZINE FLASH FICTION CONTEST

20 June 2014

GRAND PRIZE: $1,000
Second Place: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $4
($3 for each additional entry)
Deadline: September 2, 2014
Maximum length: 1,000 words

All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2014 Issue of Gemini.

Any subject, style or genre:
experimental, mainstream, noir, fantasy, humor, erotica….
Simply send your best, most powerful, unpublished work.

Why such a low entry fee? So EVERYONE can have a chance.
Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html

Gemini Magazine is now accepting entries for its fourth annual Poetry Open competition.

25 October 2013
The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2014 issue of Gemini. The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems.
Deadline: January 2, 2014
 
We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Scroll down the Poetry Open page to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.
 
Coming late October (possibly early November): results of our fifth annual Flash Fiction Contest.
 
In the meantime, please enjoy the August issue of Gemini featuring the winners of our Short Story Contest and more. Plenty of great reading with back issues a click away.