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What we’re looking for
We’re looking for narratives that distill and permutate, that oscillate and ebb, that translate, reposition, accelerate, and deviate from the fabric of the literary norm. Stories that coil on their haunches and meet our eyes, bright-gazed and alert in the dark. Words that question. Redefinition and recreation, swimming beneath the surface.
We are incredibly excited to read what you have prepared – and we hope, above all, you’ll write without inhibitions, and create work true to the narratives that are special and close to you.
Emily Skillings | Poetry
Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publishers Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut,” as well as two chapbooks, Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poems can be found/are forthcoming in Poetry, Harper’s, Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Hyperallergic, LitHub, and jubilat. Skillings is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective, small press, and event series. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow in 2017. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Hudson, NY.
Matthew Baker | Fiction
Matthew Baker is the author of Hybrid Creatures, a collection of stories written in hybrid languages, and his fiction has appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, American Short Fiction, One Story, Electric Literature, and Best Of The Net. Born in the Great Lakes region of the United States, he currently lives in New York City. Visit him online at www.mwektaehtabr.com.
Works must be previously unpublished, with the exception of writing published on social media or personal websites. All contest submissions will be considered for publication in COUNTERCLOCK Journal.
Applicants may submit to both categories, but must send their work in separate emails. Please click here for more information on sending in your application.
• 3-7 poems, no more than 10 pages.
• Garamond or Times New Roman; 12 pt. font; single-spaced.
• 1-inch margins.
• Page numbers.
• 2,000-7,000 words total, no more than 2 pieces.
• Garamond or Times New Roman; 12 pt. font; double-spaced.
Please do not put any identifying information on your submission document. All submissions will be read blindly.
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Music: “No Moon At All,” Riva Rubin ‘19, Arts Collective