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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Note that the submissions deadline has now been extended to Saturday, October 27, 2018. Happy submitting!


SUBMISSIONS OPEN: August 20 - October 20, 2018

Judge: Adam Johnson

Entries for the Emerging Writer's Prize in Fiction should be a single prose work not exceeding 7,500 words. Entrants may submit more than once, but each new entry must be accompanied by a separate $20 entry fee.

Contest Guidelines:

-    Open to writers who haven’t yet published a full-length book, and who have no book forthcoming before May 1, 2019. Writers with chapbooks are allowed.
-    All work will be considered for inclusion in the print journal.
-    Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
-    The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in your uploaded document.
-    Submit your double-spaced work as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
-    Close friends of the judge, as well as anyone recently affiliated with the University of Arkansas, which includes those who have studied or worked there within the past 4 years, are ineligible.
-    $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Arkansas International (free to current subscribers).

-    Online submissions accepted via The Arkansas International's Submittable.

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Adam Johnson, 2018 Judge

Adam Johnson is a Professor of English with emphasis in creative writing at Stanford University. Winner of a Whiting Award and Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy in Berlin, he is the author of several books, including Fortune Smiles, which won the 2015 National Book Award, and the novel The Orphan Master’s Son, which was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Harper's Magazine, Granta, Tin House and The Best American Short Stories. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

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