The Binnacle

Annual Ultra-Short Competition

For general information on the Ultra-Short Competition, please scroll to the bollom of the page.

The Binnacle is proud to announce the winners and honorees in its Twelftth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition.  From over 750 submissions the following entrees were chosen as the best Ultra-Shorts for 2015.

Prize Winners
Caroline Michalicki – Legless Bill (Prose)
Caitlyn Byrne – Our Morning (Poetry)
Beth Cooley – Driving home (Humor)
K. S. Dearsley – Harvest-Time (Editor’s Choice)

Honorable Mentions
Jon Alston – The Boatman
Marsha Barber – Waiting for Your Call
Greg Beatty – Virtual Bartleby
Bill Bibo Jr – Elemental Advice
Jessica Blackshaw – Backpack
A.N. Block – Epilogue
Eman Bouras – There Is a Garden Where Her Heart Should Be
Mara Buck – Smoke
Sarah Carleton – Bollywood Diva
Lisa Ricard Claro – The One
Kathleen Clauson – Buttons
Terry Cobb – That’s Us
SuzAnne C. Cole – Depression
Charlie Coleman – Cool Satisfaction
Alison Colvin – Invisible
Lucia Damacela – Shopping Bliss
Barry Claude Dearborn – Survivors
Glen Donaldson – Best Ever Consolation Prize
Christina Wos Donnelly – Orpheus and Eurydice at the Airport
Alex Dreppec – Gathering Mushrooms at Night
Catherine Edmunds – Guardian
Peter Fox – A story
T’Mara Goodsell – In Memory of the Fallen (and the Hurled)
Tracy L. Grimaldi – The Magnolia Tree
Sid Gustafson – Big Open (Ingomar, MT)
Jules Jacob – White Mountains
Nadia Jacobson – Climate Change
Tim Johnson – Mute Lightning
Gerald Kamens – Monks
Gloria Keeley – Crows
Keely Kiczenski – Texxxt
John Laue – A Foreigner
Clyde Liffey – Evening
Norma West Linder – In a Holiday Mood
R.F. Marazas – Bored Reckless.
Clare Marsh - A Day at the Beach – August 1961
Teresa Del Mastro – For Immediate Sale
Doug Matthewson – Sequenced Dreams
Ellen Birkett Morris – Company
Wilda Morris – My Friend Marie
Rebecca Muchow – Snow Angels
Jefferson Navicky – As a Boy
Kathleen Riley – Margaret goes for a walk
Jacqueline Seewald – A Gift Worth Everything
Maureen Sherbondy – Oldest Son
Caroline Todd – Release
Gonzalo Tovilla – Self-destructive man
Donna L. Turello – House For Sale
Paul Weidknecht – Human-brain
Olga Wojtas – The Noise

General Information on the Annual Ultra-Short Competition

The Binnacle will sponsor its Thirteenth International Ultra-Short Competition in 2015 and 2016.  We are looking for prose works of 150 words or fewer as well as poetry of sixteen lines or fewer and 150 words or fewer.  All works should have a narrative element to them.

All submissions should be made via email to 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).

A minimum of $300 in cash prizes will be awarded, with a minimum 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.  Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

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. Submissions will be accepted beginning on December 1, 2015. The deadline for submissions will be March 15, 2016.  Notifications will be made in late May or early June, 2016.  Publication date will be June, 2016, but printing may not be completed until October, 2016 (maybe later). 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.

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