“of dreaming and sickening, dreaming
and sickening swifter than cabbage stuck in
cold morning. This place of wanderers left
for dead, of sickening of catching ice of running
in trodden dirt, mounded hearths”
“There is a language of two arms dancing in tandem. There is a language
of our mouths parting in frostbitten rings, concentric circles rippling” Read More
Announcing our 2020 New Year’s Writing Contest Winner: “Dear Cassandra” by Charlotte Hughes! You can read it in our Winter issue here.
Rumble Fish Quarterly’s New Year’s Writing Contest is back for the third time. The winner will receive $150 cash prize. As always, all contest submissions will be considered for publication.
To enter, submit one of the following:
- One piece of fiction, limit 7,000 words
- One piece of creative nonfiction, limit 7,000 words
- Up to 6 poems
Submissions close on January 15th. We look forward to reading!
“The same morning I found a dead little song bird
out walking my dog in the neighborhood
and the moon high in the western sky was oh so full
when on the next street over
I saw something falling slower than anything I ever had seen
and wondered first if it was a leaf” Read More
“Birdie doesn’t talk anymore, but Roscoe can still hear her. After fifty years together her voice finds him, escaping through the cracks of her fiberglass box and traveling up those feet of dirt and over the soil horizon to whisper advice and recollections and perturbed admonishments into the white-tufted privacy of his cochlea.” Read More
“The restaurant faces Central Park and we choose to sit outside in the warm fall evening. Potted banana trees are placed to afford each table an illusion of privacy. Joan is laughing at something I said when the shooting starts.” Read More
“I left a stone on my grandfather’s grave today.
It would have been common practice if not for
His grave being the Danube, icy river,
And the marker a pair of shoes and a plaque” Read More
Winning our second annual New Year’s Writing Contest is Katie Krantz, for her poem, “Memorial on the Danube.” You can read Katie’s poem as well as several other contest contenders in our Winter 2019 issue.
In celebration of our second year publishing, we are bringing back the New Year’s Writing Contest! Submissions are open now through January 15th.
Accepted Genres: short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry
First prize: $100, as well as publication in our Winter 2019 issue, and a mystery prize(???)!
All contest submissions will also be considered for publication in our Winter 2019 issue.
See our submissions page for info on how to enter.
Q: Is there a winner for every genre?
No – submissions from all genres are welcome, but only one overall winner will be chosen.
Q: When will the winner be announced?
The first prize winner and two finalists will be announced in early February.
Q: Will runners up be published in Rumble Fish Quarterly?
Runners up will be considered for publication in the Winter 2018 issue, but only the first prize winner will receive automatic publication.
Q: What’s the mystery prize?
Okay, you got us. We didn’t tell you last year, but the jig is up. Everybody knows the mystery prize is [classified].
“His name was John, a strong name though not remarkable. When they found him he weighed less than his Christmas tree. It was February and even the most festive souls had taken down their bunting, but not John. In his window the lights kept blinking through the net curtains, all hours of the day, all hours of the night. Every time I peered from my window I’d see them flashing on the tree, brittle limbs silhouetted by the glow of his standard lamp.” Read More
“Was that a shot? Charley, absorbed in his thoughts, leaped up and moved toward the windows. The air in the old classroom…” Read More