Killer Nashville's
Broken Ribbon
Contest Submission Guidelines

In addition to our regular submissions, Broken Ribbon hosts one fiction and poetry contest each year with cash prizes. The contest is open from March 3 – November 15.

Your submission should also include a cover letter with the following:

  • Author contact information (name, address, email, phone)
  • Title(s) of work submitted
  • A short bio (100 words or less) written in third-person
  • Your name and the title of your work on all pages
  • Submitted files should be .doc, .docx, or another comparable format.

Submit all contest entries online. WE DO NOT ACCEPT PHYSICAL SUBMISSIONS. Any mail-in submissions will be unopened, unread, and recycled. We do not accept previously published works of any kind.

Editors will narrow submissions down to ten finalists per contest who will then be forwarded on to the final judges. Once the judge has made his/her selection, the Editors will notify the winners at least one week before making the announcement publicly.

Broken Ribbon’s annual edition goes to print each December for the current year’s publication.

There is a $15 contest fee for all submissions.

FICTION CONTEST GUIDELINES

Guest Judge: New York Times Bestseller Lisa Jackson

Fiction submissions should be less than 7,000 words. Stories can be in ANY genre, time period, or setting.

Instill us with fear, dread, anticipation. Show us looming shadows and lead us down dark, seedy hallways–or not. Defy conventions. Surprise us. Surprise yourself.

Above all, tell a good story that we just can’t put down.

POETRY CONTEST GUIDELINES

Guest Judge: Tennessee’s Poet Laureate Margaret Britton Vaughn

We accept ALL poetry forms. Those that present images of noir, mystery, suspense, and the feeling of wanting more are most desired.

Submit no more than four poems at a time, not to exceed eight numbered pages.

PRIZES

Every person who submits to the contest receives a physical copy of the current year’s edition of Killer Nashville’s Broken Ribbon.

Two 1st Place Prizes (One Fiction / One Poetry): $100, publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, two (2) contributor copies of Broken Ribbon, a feature/interview on the Broken Ribbon site, possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter, and discounted registration to the next year’s Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. Total value: $500

Two 2nd Place Prizes (One Fiction / One Poetry):
possible publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, one (1) copy of Broken Ribbon, possible feature or interview on the Broken Ribbon site, possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter, and discounted registration to the next year’s Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference.

Two 3rd Place Prizes (One Fiction / One Poetry): possible publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, one (1) copy of Broken Ribbon, possible feature or interview on the Broken Ribbon site, and possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter.

Enter via the form below.


Killer Nashville’s Broken Ribbon, a subsidiary of American Blackguard, Inc., acquires First North American Serial Rights to published works, thus copyright for any works published in Broken Ribbon revert to the author upon publication. As part of the journal’s publication contract, we request your permission to feature published works or excerpts on Broken Ribbon’s website and in its advertising/outreach.

KILLER NASHVILLE’S
BROKEN RIBBON
CONTEST SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

In addition to our regular submissions, Broken Ribbon hosts one fiction and poetry contest each year with cash prizes. The contest is open from March 3 – November 15. We do not accept previously published works of any kind.

Your submission should also include a cover letter with the following:

  • Author contact information (name, address, email, phone)
  • Title(s) of work submitted
  • A short bio (100 words or less) written in third-person
  • Your name and the title of your work on all pages
  • Submitted files should be .doc, .docx, or another comparable format.

Submit all contest entries online. WE DO NOT ACCEPT PHYSICAL SUBMISSIONS. Any mail-in submissions will be unopened, unread, and recycled.

Editors will narrow submissions down to ten finalists per contest who will then be forwarded on to the final judges. Once the judge has made his/her selection, the Editors will notify the winners at least one week before making the announcement publicly.

Broken Ribbon’s annual edition goes to print each December for the current year’s publication.

There is a $15 contest fee for all submissions.

FICTION GUIDELINES
Guest Judge: NYT Bestseller,
Lisa Jackson

Fiction submissions should be less than 7,000 words. Stories can be in ANY genre, time period, or setting.

Instill us with fear, dread, anticipation. Show us looming shadows and lead us down dark, seedy hallways–or not. Defy conventions. Surprise us. Surprise yourself.

Above all, tell a good story that we just can’t put down.

POETRY GUIDELINES
Guest Judge:
Tennessee’s Poet Laureate
Margaret Britton Vaughn

We accept ALL poetry forms. Those that present images of noir, mystery, suspense, and the feeling of wanting more are most desired.

Submit no more than four poems at a time, not to exceed eight numbered pages.

PRIZES
Every person who submits to the contest receives a physical copy of the current year’s edition of Killer Nashville’s Broken Ribbon.

Two 1st Place Prizes
(One Fiction / One Poetry):
$100, publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, two (2) contributor copies of Broken Ribbon, a feature/interview on the Broken Ribbon site, possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter, and discounted registration to the next year’s Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. Total value: $500

Two 2nd Place Prizes
(One Fiction / One Poetry):
possible publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, one (1) copy of Broken Ribbon, possible feature or interview on the Broken Ribbon site, possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter, and discounted registration to the next year’s Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference.

Two 3rd Place Prizes
(One Fiction / One Poetry):
possible publication in Broken Ribbon’s annual print edition, one (1) copy of Broken Ribbon, possible feature or interview on the Broken Ribbon site, and possible promotion in the Killer Nashville newsletter.

Enter via the form below. Test

 


Killer Nashville’s Broken Ribbon, a subsidiary of American Blackguard, Inc., acquires First North American Serial Rights to published works, thus copyright for any works published in Broken Ribbon revert to the author upon publication. As part of the journal’s publication contract, we request your permission to feature published works or excerpts on Broken Ribbon’s website and in its advertising/outreach.