Fourth Annual Writing Contest

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts has a rich tradition of supporting artists and writers in their artistic endeavors; it is with great enthusiasm to announce the Fourth Annual Writing Contest with this year’s judge, Dore Kiesselbach. Writers are invited to submit recent original work for consideration for a chapbook to be published this fall.

Dore Kiesselbach earned his BA from Oberlin College, MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and JD from New York University. He has published two collections of poetry with the University of Pittsburgh Press, Salt Pier (2012) and Albatross (2017).  His work has appeared in many magazines, including FIELD, Poetry, AGNI and The Poetry Review.  His honors include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, Britain’s Bridport Prize in poetry, the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His lives in Minneapolis.


The judge will be reading all entries anonymously.

Contest Rules:

The Deadline is July 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm

All Entries must be emailed to as a .doc or .pdf file.

Include in the email two copies of each entry: one with the author’s name and contact (phone, email, and address) and one without.

Entries may be Poetry or Fiction/Nonfiction

Poetry entries can include up to 3 poems (five-page maximum)

Fiction/Nonfiction entries have a 1,000-word maximum

Entries can be one short story, essay, or a self-contained excerpt from a novel

Two Entries per person is the maximum.

For consideration, entries must not have been previously published works or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Authors must be a current Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts member before submitting entries. Visit the website for membership details. Annual memberships cost $32 for an individual, $24 for senior, and $12 for students.

Each submission has a $10 fee per entry. This is payable online (via Paypal), in person, via mail, or over the phone by cash, credit, or check.

First, second, and third prizes will be awarded $100, $75, $50 respectively. Prize winners and selected works will be included in the fourth edition of the Banfill-Locke Chapbook, which will be printed by Red Bird Chapbook and available for distribution in October 2018. Writers selected to be published in this year’s chapbook will receive a complimentary edition of the 2018 Chapbook.