Passages North is open for submissions of poetry, nonfiction, and short-shorts from September 1-April 15 and for submissions of fiction from September 1-October 15 and from January 1-February 15. Our Waasnode Fiction Prize and Neutrino Short-Short Prize are currently open and will close April 15, 2020. See categories below for genre-specific guidelines. 

Note that we've temporarily suspended purchases of issue and t-shirts, until we're back in our office. Be well, Rocketeers. 

Send us your best fiction up to 10,000 words. We're open in terms of content and form. The contest fee is $15.00 per story and submissions will close April 15, 2018.

Judge: Jonathan Escoffery

First prize: $1000 and publication in Passages North. One or more honorable mentions may also be selected and published.

All entrants receive a copy of the contest issue. 

Submissions must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if the piece is accepted elsewhere (refunds are not available). Students of Northern Michigan University and close friends of the Passages North staff are not eligible.

Send us your best short-shorts (1000 words maximum). We open to any genre: stories, nonfiction, prose poems, hybrids, etc. Submit up to 3 short-shorts in a single document. The contest fee is $15.00 per entry and submissions will close April 15, 2020.

Judge: Krys Malcolm Belc

First prize: $1000 and publication in Passages North. One or more honorable mentions may also be selected and published.

All entrants receive a copy of the contest issue. 

Submissions must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if the piece is accepted elsewhere (refunds are not available). Students of Northern Michigan University and close friends of the Passages North staff are not eligible.


The Passages North poetry editors are looking for work that is honest, conscious of craft and form, knows rules and breaks them, owns its transgressions, and challenges conventions. We want to feel punches to the gut and goose-bumps of excitement. Send us poetry that gets us discussing, questioning, and thinking.  We are very much open to poems that are experimental or non-traditional and also encourage submissions that encompass diverse voices and experiences. 

Passages North accepts poetry submissions from September 1 to April 15. Please submit a packet of 1-5 poems for consideration. If you need to withdraw part of your submission, please leave us a note via your Submittable dashboard.

Genre editor: Patricia Killelea

Send us up to three short-shorts (fiction, nonfiction, prose poems) all pasted into one document. 


On brand for our Short-Shorts: density + clarity, mystery + directness, science, diverse worlds and voices, an attention to the sentence, a final image or turn that breaks a reader, honesty about trouble, meditations that make us feel lost but not alone, restraint, suggestion, that image that makes us stop and re-read, robots, alternative histories, guilty pleasure pop culture, embarrassing obsessions, how to keep on trucking. That said, though, we try to publish an unlikely array of stories, so sometimes a straight narrative story with a punch gets us too.


What matters is that your short-short feels bigger and more important than the space should allow. Try us.


If you need to withdraw part of your submission, please leave us a note via Submittable.


Genre editor: Jennifer A. Howard

 We're looking for all manner of well-written, innovative creative nonfiction including, but not limited to, lyric essays, personal essays, memoir, and literary journalism. We enjoy work that pays attention to form and language—whether traditionally or experimentally—and explores and challenges the boundaries of the genre. We seek work that is pathologically curious. That said, our primary concern is not with one particular component of creative nonfiction, but with the quality of the work.

In addition to standard (whatever that means) submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Passages North wants your hybrid work. Send us your orphans, your bastards, your bumpings, and your grindings, whether whimsical, grave, or neither. 

Genre editor: Matthew Gavin Frank

Thank you so much for your donation to Passages North! Your contribution provides vital support in helping us showcase literature that matters and should be seen. Rocket Fuel submissions will be processed at the same rate, and with the same consideration, as regular submissions. We can't tell you how much we appreciate your generosity.


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