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Zone 3, a literary journal 

  • Zone 3 is a biannual magazine. 
  • Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry submissions are open August 1-April 1. 
  • All contributors will receive payment for their accepted works and two print copies of the issue in which they are published.  
  • All poems, essays, and stories accepted for publication in the journal will be considered for the Zone 3 literary awards. One winner will be selected from each genre. The winners will be announced in the fall and receive a prize of $250. 
  • A Note on the 2021 Feature Issue:  At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme.  Click here for Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction.

Zone 3 Press Book Awards

Zone 3 Press offers biennial book awards that alternate between poetry and creative nonfiction. The Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award will open for submissions in 2021. The prize is $1,000 and publication. The submission period is January 1-April 1. Find information on our Creative Nonfiction Book Award here and our First Book Award in Poetry here. 

At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme.  

Guidelines: 

  • For our general submission form, please use this submission link.
  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of nonfiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one essay. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw an essay, 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.

At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme.  

Guidelines: 

  • For our general submission form, please use this submission link.   
  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of fiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one story. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. We will consider novel excerpts and flash pieces. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, 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.

Send us your best story. We look forward to reading your work.

 At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme.  

Guidelines: 

  • For our general submission form, please use this submission link.
  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of poetry in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • For poetry, please submit no more than 6 poems. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, 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.

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of nonfiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one essay. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw an essay, please do so in Submittable.
  • A Note on the 2021 Feature Issue: At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme. Please click this link to view the submission guidelines for our forthcoming feature issue.  
  • 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.

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of fiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one story. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. We will consider novel excerpts and flash pieces. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, please do so in Submittable.
  •  A Note on the 2021 Feature Issue: At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme. Please click this link to view the submission guidelines for our forthcoming feature issue. 
  • 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.

Send us your best story. We look forward to reading your work.

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of poetry in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • For poetry, please submit no more than 6 poems. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, please do so in Submittable.
  • A Note on the 2021 Feature Issue: At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme. Please click this link to view the submission guidelines for our forthcoming feature issue. 
  • 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.

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Prize

  • $1,000 And Publication (Submissions open until April 1, 2021)

Guidelines

  • One copy of your manuscript (around 120-250 pages).
  • An acknowledgments page may be included.
  • $25.00 reading fee made payable to Zone 3 Press. The reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Zone 3.

Submitting

  • This award is biennial.
  • Include one title page with the title only (no personal identification) in your document.
  • Please upload by April 1, 2021.
  • The competition is open to all authors writing original works in English. Manuscripts that embrace creative nonfiction’s potential by combining lyric exposition, researched reflection, travel dialogues, or creative criticism are encouraged. Memoir, personal narrative, essay collections, and literary nonfiction are also invited.
  • The final judge is Wendy S. Walters.
  • To ensure the integrity of this award, current and former students and faculty of APSU are not eligible to enter. Also, Zone 3 Press will not accept manuscripts from contestants who have previously studied with or have a personal relationship with the announced judge. 
  • The winner will be notified by e-mail or telephone.
  • The judge may choose no winner if she finds no manuscript that, in her estimation, merits publication and the award.
  • Questions should be addressed to Amy Wright or Aubrey Collins.

    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.”
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