Subscribe to Zone 3 Journal
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Subscribe to Zone 3 Journal
Subscribe to Zone 3 Journal

Zone 3 sponsors annual contests in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction with a prize of publication + $250.


Zone 3 is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry, fiction, and nonfiction contests. All poems, essays, and stories accepted for publication in the journal will be considered for the awards. Our reading period is 8/1/17 to 4/1/18. The winners will be announced on our website.

Prize: $250 + publication.

Zone 3 editors will choose the winners.

All are welcome to submit. We look forward to reading your work!



Dan Beachy-Quick, for his essay ", Even" (Spring 2017)

A.D. Lauren, for her poem "Hermeneutics of a 21-year-old's Death" (Fall 2017)

Yuly Restrepo, for her story "Morocho" (Spring 2017)


David Huddle, for his essay “Verbal Binary Presence in Early Childhood Development, that Infamously Difficult Poetic Form the Villanelle, and the Spiritual Quotidian” (Fall 2016)

James Braziel, for his story "Shiner" (Spring 2016)

Erinn Batykefer, for her poem "Two Bees" (Spring 2016) 


Craig Reinbold, for his essay “On Some Lines of Chekhov” (Fall 2015)

Brad Felver, for his story “Out of the Bronx” (Fall 2015)

Brandi George, for her poem “Lily and Gog” (Spring 2015)

Honorable Mentions
Troy Taylor, for his poem “The Jellyfish Room" (Spring 2015)
Felicia Zamora, for her poem “Work" (Fall 2015) 


We subscribe to CLMP's Contest Code of Ethics:
“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 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”