Ultra-Short Competition

Each year The Binnacle sponsors its Annual International Ultra-Short Competition. We are looking for prose and poetry: all works should be 150 words or fewer; poetry should be sixteen lines or fewer and fewer; all works should have a narrative element.

All submissions should be made via email to ummbinnacle@maine.edu. We prefer that you send your entry both in the body of your e-mail and as an attachment in a .doc, .txt, .odt, or .rtf file (.rtf preferred). All submissions should be include the term "Ultra-Short" in the subject heading.

A minimum of $300 (usually more) in cash prizes will be awarded, with a minumum prize of $50. At least one of the prizes will go to a UMM student.

Please submit no more than two works total, prose and/or poetry.

When you submit your work, please be sure to include your postal address as well as a thirty-five to fifty word self-description.

There is no submission fee. Submisions will be accepted between December 1 and March 15 each year. Notifications will be made in early June. Publication date will be in June, but printing may not be completed until late in the Fall. Awards will be made at the time of publication.

Because of the volume of submissions, we are not always able to send notifications to all works that have not made the cut. To gain news about the winners and those who will be included in the edition, please keep checking our website. Look especially on the Updates page. The fact that you may not receive a rejection notification is no reflection on the quality of your work. The large majority of what we receive is well worth publishing, and we are thankful for you sharing it with us.

2012-13 Competition Winners of Our Tenth Ultra-Short Competition.
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2011-12 Competition Winners of Our Ninth Ultra-Short Competition.
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2010-11 Competition Winners of Our Eighth Ultra-Short Competition.
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2009-10 Competition Winners of Our Seventh Ultra-Short Competition.
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2008-09 Competition Winners of Our Sixth Ultra-Short Competition.
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2007-08 Competition Winners of Our Fifth Ultra-Short Competition.
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2006-07 Competition Winners of Our Fourth Ultra-Short Competition.
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2005-06 Competition Winners of Our Third Ultra-Short Competition.
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2004-05 Competition Winners of Our Second Ultra-Short Competition.
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2003-04 Competition Winners of Our First Ultra-Short Competition.
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