All submissions must be under 7000 words and engage the world of music in some way. This need not be explicit, as we are interested in work that does so in subtle and surprising ways too!  Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please immediately withdraw any work that is accepted elsewhere. Our judges will read blindly, so please remove all identifying info from your manuscript before submitting (but if you forget, we'll edit it out before they get it). 

1st Place- $1000 + Opossum Prize trophy featuring gold opossum! 

2nd Place-$400 

3rd Place- $200

*All winners receive publication in the 2020 issue of Opossum (release date October, 2020) and ten copies of the issue/7" record. 

Top ten finalist receive mention in the issue and a full set of back issues! Winners and finalists will be notified by July 1. 

Judged by Ben Fountain: Ben Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Billy Lynn was adapted into a feature film directed by three-time Oscar winner Ang Lee, and his work has been translated into over twenty languages. His series of essays published in The Guardian on the 2016 U.S. presidential election was subsequently nominated by the editors of The Guardian for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary and were published along with several new essays in the collection, Beautiful Country Burn Again (Ecco, 2018). He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Sharon Fountain.

Single poem submissions only (max three entries per writer) that engage the world of music in some way. This need not be explicit, as we are interested in work that does so in subtle and surprising ways too! Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please immediately withdraw any work that is accepted elsewhere. Our judges will read blindly, so please remove all identifying info from your manuscript before submitting (but if you forget, we'll edit it out before they get it). 

1st Place- $500 + Opossum Prize trophy featuring gold opossum! 

2nd Place-$200 

3rd Place- $100

*All winners receive publication in the 2020 issue of Opossum (release date October, 2020) and ten copies of the issue/7" record. 

Top ten finalist receive mention in the issue and a set of back issues! Winners and finalists will be notified by July 1. 

Judged by Cate Marvin: Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. Marvin teaches poetry writing in the Stonecoast M.F.A. Program at the University of Southern Maine and is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. Her third book of poems, Oracle, was released from W.W. Norton & Co. in 2015. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she lives in Scarborough, Maine.

Submit your (single) flash fiction or nonfiction work of less than 1000 words here. Maximum of three entries per author. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please immediately withdraw any work that is accepted elsewhere. Our judges will read blindly, so please remove all identifying info from your manuscript before submitting (but if you forget, we'll edit it out before they get it). 

1st Place- $500 + Opossum Prize trophy featuring gold opossum!

2nd Place- $200 

3rd Place- $100

*All winners receive publication in the 2020 issue of Opossum (released October 2020) and ten copies of the issue/7" record. 

Top ten finalist receive mention in the issue and a set of back issues! Winners and finalists will be notified by July 1. 

Judged by Tatiana Ryckman: Tatiana Ryckman was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of the novel, The Ancestry of Objects (forthcoming from Deep Vellum Books), as well as a novella, I Don't Think of You (Until I Do), and two chapbooks of prose, Twenty-Something and VHS and Why it's Hard to Live. Tatiana is the Editor of Awst Press and has attended residencies at Yaddo, Arthub, and 100W Corsicana. She teaches Creative Writing workshops through the University of Texas at Austin's Informal Classes.

We seek fiction animated by music, up to ~9,000 words. But truly, we don't care about the man's definition of art!  If it grabs us, we won't stop reading because of some stupid stupid's rules.  Just so we're on the same page, please submit an accompanying artist's statement explaining how your work engages the world of music. See our Manifesto and previous issues to learn what we're looking for. We pay  $8 per page (12pt Times New Roman/double spaced) with a cap of $200 plus ten copies of your issue w/ 7" record. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Expect a response time of no longer than three months from submission. 

What we're looking for is not always work explicitly dealing with music. We get a lot of "guy in a band" stories, and "I saw Hendrix in 69'" essays. We sometimes love those pieces, but it's an uphill battle due to the popularity of those tropes. A phrase that describes what we're after is "difficult connections with music." We encourage all submitters to peruse our archives to get a better feel for our scope and aesthetic.  That said, send us your best work and we will read it with open minds and gratutude. 



We seek nonfiction (personal essay, memoir, academic essay) animated by music, up to ~9,000 words. But truly, we don't care about the man's definition of art!  If it grabs us, we won't stop reading because of some stupid stupid's rules.  Just so we're on the same page, please submit an accompanying artist's statement explaining how your work  engages the world of music.  We encourage all submitters to peruse our archives to get a better feel for our scope and aesthetic. We pay $8 per page (12pt Times New Roman/double spaced) with a cap pf $200 plus ten copies of your issue w/ 7" record. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Expect a response time of no longer than three months from submission. 

We are currently seeking submissions of poetry (3 poems, 10 pages  maximum). Poems can be either lyrical or narrative, and the connection  to music can be subtle or explicit. We like the weird and the sincere.  We encourage all submitters to peruse our archives to get a better feel for our scope and aesthetic. We pay $25/poem + five copies of your issue w/ 7" record. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Expect a response no longer than three months from submission.

Opossum