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Contest Overview

We are currently taking submissions for our inaugural writing contest. Awards of up to $1,000 in fiction and creative non-fiction. All submissions are handled through our submittal system accessed at the bottom of this page. Submissions not selected will be automatically considered for our journal. If you don't receive notice within 6 months, consider your submission respectfully declined. Submission fee is $8.

General Guidelines

We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit previously published material including work published in anthologies, chapter books, or online.

For both creative non-fiction and fiction works, we expect between 3000 and 5000 words, although we leave the ultimate decision to you.

Works should address the concept of "connection," spiritual or literal. See Our Front Table section for further insight as to what we are reading.

Submissions are limited to one prose piece per reading period. 


Simultaneous submissions are permitted. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible at

MCR acquires first electronic and non-exclusive archival rights. Winners will be nominated for the Pushcart Memorial Award and The Best American Short Stories anthology.

Submissions Deadline is November 15, 2022, and winners will be notified by December 15, 2022. Terms are subject to change at the discretion of the MCR editing team.


Now You

The $8 submission fee goes to awards and operating costs.

Being able to provide financial assistance to writers is important to us.  

Contributors will be added to the smart contract of the NFT.

Your submittal fees are tax deductible, and your submission confirmation should serve as you receipt. Check with your accounting professional for details.

NFT will be available in January, 2023. Any changes to contest scheduling will be updated on this page. 

Be heard. Submit your own work.

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