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$20.00 USD

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.

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