Our reading period is September 15 through March 31.
We have made an editorial decision to close general fiction submissions. However, we are still taking all other genres until March 31. The fiction contest remains open until March 15, and general fiction submissions will re-open in the fall.
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Congratulations to the winners of our 2012 contest!
2012 Fiction Contest (Kevin McIlvoy, judge)
1st place: Derek Palacio, “A History of Civility”
2012 Poetry Contest (Thomas Sayers Ellis, judge)
1st place: Megan Leonard, “The Truth is”
2013 Poetry and Fiction Contests
The entry fee is $15, and includes a one-year subscription to Puerto del Sol. Fiction submissions are limited to one piece of no more than 10,000 words per entry. Poetry submissions are limited to three poems of no more than two pages per entry. Prizes for fiction and poetry will be $400 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third. The first-place manuscripts will be published in Puerto del Sol. All submissions will be considered for publication. Multiple submissions are allowed, with a fee of $15 for each additional submission.
The deadline for submission is March 15. The winners will be announced June 1.
All contest submissions and fees will be handled through our Submittable submission manager. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any technical questions or other concerns.
Each submission should use standard manuscript formatting. However, names and contact information should not be included in the submission.
Students or faculty who have attended or taught at New Mexico State University within the last five years are not eligible, and neither are close friends or former students of the judges.
CLMP Contest Ethics Code
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: