The 18th Annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest

Prize: $1,000 First Place for each category plus publication in Spring 2014 edition of The Briar Cliff Review.

Entries will be judged by the editors of The Briar Cliff Review.
$20 entry fee per story/creative nonfiction piece or three poems. Omit author's name on manuscript. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of winners. Manuscripts will not be returned.  We welcome submissions separate from the contest.

Deadline: November 1, 2013


  • Short story/creative nonfiction word limit up to 6,000.

  • Short stories and creative nonfiction should be typed, double-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11.

  • Poetry should be single-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11.

  • No more than one poem per page, three poems per entrant.

  • Send cover sheet with title/s, author’s name, address and email. Title but no name on manuscript.

  • Winning pieces are accepted on the basis of first-time rights.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

  • Previous year’s winner is ineligible.

  • All entrants receive a copy of the magazine with winning entries. The magazine costs $15 a copy.

Send entries to:

Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Editor
The Briar Cliff Review
Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, Iowa 51104-2100


mixed media collage
31" x 23.5"

"The process of visual expression is a constant struggle. Modernity is about the imperfect as much as the perfect. The ambiguity of this or that reflects the nature of the world in which we live. This displacement and ambiguity forces one to establish new relationships.

"I have always been attracted to paintings which are open-ended, have doubt and imperfection, are unfinished and barely defined. I follow the path between order and chaos."

-- Thomas Prinz