ZONE 3 welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. For poetry, please submit no more than 6 poems, for prose no more than one essay or story. We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. All submissions should be uploaded as one .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. 

Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. Please allow 6 months before inquiring about your submission. ZONE 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw an entire manuscript or individual poems, please do so in Submittable.

If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.

We look forward to reading your work.

Ends on April 1, 2018$20.00

• One copy of your manuscript of 48-80 pages.
• An acknowledgments page may be included.
• Please include one title page with the title only (no personal identification) in your document.
• In the genre field, scroll down to choose "First Book Award in Poetry," and upload your manuscript.
• $20.00 reading fee. (Reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Zone 3.)
• Please upload by April 15, 2018. Winner will be notified by e-mail or telephone.

Eligibility Requirements: 
• Anyone who has not published a full-length collection of poems (48 pages or more) is eligible; those with chapbooks may participate.
• Current and former students and faculty of APSU are not eligible to enter. In addition, Zone 3 Press will not accept manuscripts from contestants who have previously studied with or have a personal relationship with the announced judge.

Final Judge: 
Jennifer Givhan is the author of Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize) and Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Series, University of Arkansas Press). Her honors include an NEA Fellowship, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, the 2015 Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, and The Pinch Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, and Kenyon Review. She is Poetry Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal and teaches at The Poetry Barn.


We subscribe to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics:
“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”


Ends on April 1, 2018$3.00
You may submit ONE essay that is no more than 5,000 words. 
Ends on April 1, 2018$3.00
Send us your best story. We seldom publish a piece that is more than 5,000 words in length. We will consider novel excerpts. 
Ends on April 1, 2018$3.00
You may submit up to 6 poems. Please upload your submission as ONE .doc or .pdf file.