Miracle Monocle is currently accepting submissions for our regular issue cycle and our two annual competitions: the Miracle Monocle Award for Ambitious Student Writers and the Miracle Monocle Award for Innovative Writing. All entries to the competition will be considered for publication in the journal. 

We will remain open until August 1, 2019, and/or until we receive 500 total regular submissions. There is no fee for regular submissions, but we are charging a nominal fee for entry into our two open awards. 

The staff of Miracle Monocle is currently in the design and production stages of new anthology series, The View Through The Monocle. This initiative will feature innovative literary and visual art that operates around a single organizing principle. For our first volume, we will be featuring contributors who identify as rural and queer. Our hope is to offer a platform to this underserved community and to illuminate underexplored territories for our readers. The anthology will be published in conjunction with a future issue of Miracle Monocle and will represent a new initiative to support student-driven publishing innovation.

Miracle Monocle now publishes the results of the annual Calvino Prize, an award recognizing outstanding fiction in the fabulist mode, in its Spring issues. This award is facilitated by the University of Louisville and comes with a $2000 cash prize. To enter to win this competition, please follow the submission guidelines published here.

Miracle Monocle does accept simultaneous submissions, but we request that submissions accepted elsewhere are withdrawn as soon as possible. We will make every effort to respond quickly and respectfully to your work. If you suspect we have overlooked or misplaced your submission, please contact us here: miraclemonocle@gmail.com. Please visit our site to review our archives before submitting: http://louisville.edu/miraclemonocle/

Miracle Monocle welcomes submissions for its award for Innovative Writing. The intent of this award series is to celebrate the work of writers pushing beyond the realm of the expected, refreshing the reader's sense of genre expectations. 

The prize includes publication in an upcoming issue of Miracle Monocle and a $200 award. All submissions to the competition will be considered for publication in the journal. We are charging a small submission fee to cover the cost of adjudicating the prize. The juror for this year's award is the fiction writer, Ian Stansel, whose bio appears below.  

Submissions will be read blind, so please remove any identifying information from your manuscript and refrain from identifying yourself in your file name or title. Cover letters will remain blind until after the competition has been adjudicated.  

Ian Stansel is the author of the novel The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) and the short story collection Everybody’s Irish (FiveChapters, 2013), a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous venues such as Ploughshares, Salon, Joyland, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. A native of the Chicago area, he holds an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Louisville.

Miracle Monocle welcomes submissions to its Ambitious Student Writing Competition. The intent of this award series is to celebrate the talents of writers beginning their careers with panache and verve. 

All individuals currently enrolled as students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) are eligible to enter; all genres of literary writing are welcome. The prize includes publication in an upcoming issue of Miracle Monocle and award of $200. All entries to the competition will be considered for publication in the journal. 

Submissions will be read blind, so please remove all identifying information from your manuscript. Cover letters will remain blind until the winner has been chosen. 


Ends on August 1, 2019

For fiction, please submit one piece of 1,000-10,000 words. We accommodate traditional realism and experiment alike. Please do not submit excerpts of novels unless the piece can stand alone.

For Creative Nonfiction, please submit one piece of 5,000 words or less. We are looking for personal narrative, topical work, and lyrical essays. If your work does not fit snugly into these categories, let your prose persuade us that it's the exception to the rules. Please do not send excerpts of longer works unless the piece can stand alone.

Ends on August 1, 2019
For poetry, please submit no more than three pieces. (We'd prefer if you submitted multiple pieces within one document instead of creating multiple entries, btw.) We like unique voices that encourage us to reevaluate ourselves and the world around us--poetry that makes the familiar seem unfamiliar. We appreciate work that takes risks and offers unexpected surprises. 
For the experimental and not-easily-defined, please submit no more than three pieces. (We'd prefer if you submitted multiple pieces within one document instead of creating multiple entries, btw.) We’re interested in flash, microfictions, nano fictions, and the like. We’re also fans of hybrid and collaborative work. In other words, we like to play host to writers who straddle the lines between genres. Length is negotiable, though flash tends to turn into something else when it exceeds 1500 words. Send your genre Frankensteins our way; they’ll find a safe home here.

For two-dimensional art or photography, please submit no more than 3 pieces. We are especially fond of work that incorporates text, but this is more of a preference than a demand. We are open to a wide range of approaches, but tend to favor uniqueness and oddity over a strict fidelity to realistic representation. Images should be at least 300 dpi, submitted in JPG or TIFF format. RGB or CMYK please.

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