The writing and visual art at IthacaLit is the best work we have found from among many submissions sent our way by emerging & established writers & artists. We ask that you wander through IthacaLit: Lit with Art and land where you feel at home. Use that place to connect your work first to us and next to our readers. We publish work that brings readers home. We are searching not for distance but for connection through your voice and vision.
Ends on November 24, 2016$ 18.00 - 20.00
$ 18.00 - 20.00

Submissions open September 1st & close at midnight on Thanksgiving, November 24th, 2016.

The final judge for the 2016 award will be Allison Joseph.

The winning poet will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2016 issue of IthacaLit. 

The reading period begins September 1st, 2016 and closes November 24th, 2016. All submissions will be accepted only during that reading period. The award winning poem will be announced in the Winter Issue on December 21st, 2016. Honorable Mention will go to two poems, which will also be published in the Winter Issue. Other top contenders will be considered for publication in the Spring Issue as finalists. 

As a special incentive to Cave Canem members, we're offering a discounted submission fee at Submittable. Only Cave Canem Fellows & graduates are eligible for the discount. Cave Canem Fellows should indicate their Cave Canem status in the submission title. There is no special attention or added merit conferred on Cave Canem submissions.

All submissions are read blind by the editors and the final judge.

Submit up to three unpublished poems, no more than six pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Simultaneous submissions (i.e., when the same poems are simultaneously submitted to other magazines) are not permitted, submissions will not be returned, and submissions may not be modified after entry. All identifying information should be in a separate cover letter. The poems should be first in the document. The cover letter must be the last page. 

We strongly encourage use of Submittable as it's streamlined and completely safe.

No submissions will be accepted by postal service, unless a special case has been agreed upon through email to the editor: editor@ithacalit.com

A non-refundable $20 entry fee & $18 for Cave Canem Fellows, payable through Submittable, must accompany all submissions. Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified. 

Please note: poetry submissions of multiple poems must be uploaded as one file.
Please submit 3-5 original, unpublished poems. We tend not to publish long or prose or epic poems. Simultaneous submissions accepted, but please let us know when your work has been accepted elsewhere.

We want poetry that connects readers to the journey that is our humanity. That place may simply be the connection that allows a reader to feel s/he has experienced this moment in time you've written about, a grace note that allows us to be animal, mineral and completely human. 

We value the work we publish & regret that we are unable to offer payment at this time. Work is chosen by the editors, who understand that good work may be rejected due to our perception of IthacaLit as a whole.
All poetry guidelines apply. However, please include a link to your high quality video of the poem(s) submitted.

Please submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems. We tend not to publish long or prose or epic poems. Simultaneous submissions accepted, but please let us know when your work has been accepted elsewhere. 

We want poetry that connects readers to the journey that is our humanity. That place may simply be the connection that allows a reader to feel s/he has experienced this moment in time you've written about, a grace note that allows us to be animal, mineral and completely human. 

We value the work we publish & regret that we are unable to offer payment at this time. All work is chosen by the editors, who understand that good work may be rejected due to our perception of IthacaLit as a whole.
Please submit artist & writer interviews or craft essays which are cohesive, clear & informative regarding the process of writing and creating visual art. Interviews must be of interest to writers and should not be vanity profiles. We're not all that concerned with knowing if the artist/writer likes cats or kangaroos.

We'll also consider short creative non-fiction that is serious or humorous but has an underlying depth in its point of view.