All Submissions are made through our Submittable page
Submission Guidelines for Swamp Ape’s 2019 Poetry Contest:
Swamp Ape Review, published through the MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University, is seeking poems by those who identify as writers of color—which may include a wide range of races, nationalities, and cultural origins—for its 2019 poetry contest.
To be considered, writers must be currently enrolled students working toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university or college.
First prize: $500 and publication in Swamp Ape Review.
Two runners-up will receive $250 each.
All poems will be considered for publication in Swamp Ape Review.
Our judge is poet Adrian Matejka, author of four books of poetry—most recently, Map to the Stars (2017) and The Big Smoke, which was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize.
Submissions open April 1st and close on June 1st.
Submission Guidelines for 2020 Print and Online Issues:
Submission guidelines are also available on our Submittable page.
We encourage pieces that echo the hybrid nature of the Swamp Ape—works that subvert our expectations of both content and form and unsettle our assumptions of what is possible.
In 2020, we will publish a print as well as an online issue, both of which will include a special section featuring South Florida writers and artists.
All work will be considered for both the print and online issues. If your work is meant to function in both formats (i.e. collaboratively in print and online), please indicate this in your application. (We would love to see submissions of this nature.)
See individual genres for descriptions, size recommendations, and formatting requirements.
If you are a writer or artist with ties to the South Florida area, please consider submitting to our South Florida Feature category, as your work could be featured in both the print and online issues of SAR.
You may submit to multiple categories, but not using the same piece (e.g. a fiction submission must differ from a Swamp submission by the same author).
Do not submit work that has already been published elsewhere.
Wait to hear back from us before submitting new work.
Only follow up if you haven't heard back from us within the standard 6-month window. We read your pieces thoughtfully and will be in touch when we do.
Let us know promptly if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere. Please do so by withdrawing your submission from the Submittable queue and adding a note to it, specifying that you've withdrawn. For poetry, specify if certain poems are still available.
FAU graduates must wait at least 3 years after their graduation term before submitting work for consideration.
Within genres, while we accept submissions of any length, our preferences are:
Up to 5 poems
≤ 6,000 words for fiction and nonfiction
Visual art that fits our aesthetic (think murk, dark, hidden, swamp)
For questions regarding submissions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all submissions (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art, and swamp), we ask for the right to display and archive work in multiple electronic formats, such as on our website and in PDF, as well as in print for special issues. We acquire First Rights to the work (i.e. the piece must not have been previously published in print or online), with all rights reverting back to the author upon publication. After publication, we greatly appreciate any reprints acknowledging that the piece was first published in Swamp Ape Review.