THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL

SHORT STORY CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000

Second Prize: $100
Three Honorable Mentions: $25
Entry Fee: $8
Deadline: March 31, 2023

All Five Finalists Will Be Published Online in the June 2023 Issue of Gemini

  • Any Subject, Style or Length
  • Entries Must Be Unpublished
  • Stories on Personal Blogs Are Eligible
  • All Entries Are Read Blind


ENTER BY EMAIL:

  1. Pay entry fee with credit, debit or PayPal: $8 each. Combine multiple entry fees into one payment. You will receive a transaction or receipt number.
  2. Paste the number you receive into an email.
  3. Attach entry as a .doc or .pdf file with NO identifying information or paste into body of email. Send to fictioncomp@gemini-magazine.com

Do not include bio. Include contact info in email only. (It is removed before reading.)

Contact editor here if you don’t receive a confirmation email. We will add you to our mailing list for new issues, news and contest info. Unsubscribe anytime.

ENTER BY SNAIL MAIL:

Mail previously unpublished entry with $8 check or money order, payable to Gemini Magazine, to:

Gemini Magazine
Short Story Contest
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

Include $8 for each additional entry. Put name/contact info on separate page only. Include SASE for reply.

Postmark deadline: March 31, 2023

READ PREVIOUS SHORT STORY CONTEST WINNERS HERE.

$1,000 POETRY
OPEN PRIZE

$1,000 SHORT
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POETRY OPEN

“Speaking from the HEART!” by Isabel Emrich

“Speaking from the HEART!”
Isabel Emrich

FLASH FICTION PRIZE RESULTS

“THE BIG TOP”
John Blair

“I would like to offer the services of my elephant for your circus’s purposes. Ralph, as he is commonly known, was willed to me by my aunt.”  MORE

“We’re a mess on the floor, both of us crying. Staring down at us is Atlas holding the goddamn pizza.”  MORE

“DOMINIC’S SHOES”
Michael Golder

“’Feel the leather,” says Dominic. I run my thumb over the supple leather. “Soft.” “That’s cordovan leather,” Dominic says, “from Italy.'”  MORE

“Had it been my son who went missing, you wouldn’t catch me spreading around my grief all out in the open. It invites too many …”  MORE

“THE KOREAN VASE”
George L. Spaeth

“It was the green of life both ancient and new, the green of rebirth and of mystery. It glowed with a light of its own.”  MORE

“PATREETHIA’S CHORD”
Geoffrey K. Graves

“As Earth slips between sun and moon the night of a lunar eclipse, a woman’s cry heralds the birth of an unusual baby in …’”  MORE

MORE NEW WORK

“one summer”
Paula Brancato

“tuna fish for lunch breakfast dinner/20 shades of lush verdant green/a sun-drenched path/it could not last”  MORE

“HAIR”
Yong Takahashi

“On your wedding day, your mother-in-law demands you put your hair in a fancy bun so you will look more respectable.”  MORE

FROM THE ARCHIVES

“PERSONAL FOUL”
Don Riesett

“The last taste of campus celebrity. The fleeting perception of being a big shot. The hard reality of taking a cheap shot.”  MORE

“‘He’s sick. He wants to see you.’ Stunned silent, she lets him drone on. ‘Well would you think about it?’”  MORE

CONTEST ARCHIVES

  1. Pay entry fee with credit, debit or PayPal: $9 for each group of three poems. Combine multiple entry fees into one payment. You will receive a transaction or receipt number.
  2. Paste the number you receive into an email.
  3. Attach entries as a .doc or .pdf file with NO identifying information or paste into body of email. Send to poetryopen@gemini-magazine.com

Do not include bio. Include contact info in email only. (It is removed before reading.)

Contact editor if you don’t receive a confirmation email. We will add you to our mailing list for new issues, news and contest info. Unsubscribe anytime.

ENTER BY SNAIL MAIL:

Mail previously unpublished entries with $9 check or money order, payable to Gemini Magazine, to:

Gemini Magazine
Poetry Open
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

Include $9 for each batch of three poems. Put name and contact info on separate page only. Include SASE for reply.

Postmark deadline: Jan. 3, 2023

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Click below to read previous winners and finalists. Note: due to our ongoing site conversion, some links are currently unavailable.

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  1. Pay entry fee with credit, debit or PayPal: $9 for each group of three poems. Combine multiple entry fees into one payment. You will receive a transaction or receipt number.
  2. Paste the number you receive into an email.
  3. Attach entries as a .doc or .pdf file with NO identifying information or paste into body of email. Send to poetryopen@gemini-magazine.com

Do not include bio. Include contact info in email only. (It is removed before reading.)

Contact editor if you don’t receive a confirmation email. We will add you to our mailing list for new issues, news and contest info. Unsubscribe anytime.

ENTER BY SNAIL MAIL:

Mail previously unpublished entries with $9 check or money order, payable to Gemini Magazine, to:

Gemini Magazine
Poetry Open
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

Include $9 for each batch of three poems. Put name and contact info on separate page only. Include SASE for reply.

Postmark deadline: Jan. 3, 2023

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Click below to read previous winners and finalists. Note: due to our ongoing site conversion, some links are currently unavailable.