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Annual Ultra-Short Competition

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

Congratulations to our four prize winners for our Tenth Annual Ultra-short Competition!

Christopher DeWan - Hoopty Time Machine
Prize for Best Prose
Susan Morse - Determined Fish
Prize for Best Poetry

Prize for Best Cadence
Christina Wos Donnelly - Recessional

Tiffany Tate - Sleepless
UMM Student Prize

Congratulations to our Honorable mentions as well!

Ruth Almon - Emmy
Jonathan Alston - Chickens
Greg Beatty - For That Is Who They Were
F.J. Bergmann - The Ferry
Bill Bibo Jr - What Scares Him
Lynn Bey - A Full Life
Catherine Buckland - Elvis Presley visits Bodmin Moor
Barbara Cionitti - My Mother's Kitchen
Lisa Ricard Claro - A Mystery Pundit's Tale
Kathleen Clauson - Past Perfect
Terry Cobb - All the Warning Signs
SuzAnne C. Cole - The Bonfire
Tracy Davidson - Silence on a June Morning, 1944
Don Davis - She Joyfully Runs - Bailey 1992-2004
K. S. Dearsley - Oxygen
Meg Eden - Our First Night
Robert J. Dockery - Dangerous Dalliance
Julie B. Doran - Life & Death
Lauren E. Fields - Case Number 15 (Stillbirth)
Toni Giarnese - My Heart Unto Yours is Knit
Mel Goldberg - Rosa
T'Mara Goodsell - The Substitute
Chad Greene - College Girlfriend
Tracy Grimaldi - To The Rescue
Tania Hershman - All Their Hands
Jules Jacob - Today's Schedule
Caitlin Sinead Jennings - Passing the Time
James A. Knoop - Your Point?
Debra Kirouac - Dad
Alex Miller - Smoking and Other Bad Decisions
David Mohan - The Grief Schism
Muriel Nelson - Just Sayin'
Edward Palumbo - Change
Samantha Priestley - If No One Sees My Body
Douglas Pugh - Yellow Sweater
Timothy Russell - Refrigerator
Lynn Veach Sadler - Let Monster with Monster Come to Parle
Wayne Scheer - In the Parking Lot
Shannon Schuren - At 3 a.m.
Hayley Solomon - A beauty I could never be (Ode to my manicurist)
Toni Somers - Tubal Pregnancy
JC Sullivan - A New York Minute
Erik Svehaug - Severed Dreams
Beverley Teague - Let My People Go
Anne Thompson - Heat Wave
Lisa Tiffin - Malpractice
Eric Troyer - Lucky Miss
Donna L. Turello - Sunken
John A. Vanek - Disoriented
Shannon Camlin Ward - Spell for Our Grieving
Paul Weidknecht - Repeat Visit
Curtis A. Weyant - Abrimiento
Gary Winters - glitter and be gay

General Information on the Annual Ultra-Short Competition

The Binnacle will sponsor its Eleventh International Ultra-Short Competition in the 2013-2014 academic year.   We are looking for prose works of 150 words or fewer and poetry of sixteen lines or fewer and fewer than 150 words.  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.

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, 2013. The deadline for submissions will be March 15, 2014.  Notifications will be made in the latter half of May, 2014.  Publication date will be May, 2014, but printing may not be completed until October, 2014 (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.

Ninth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition Winners and Honorees - 2012

Eighth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition Winners and Honorees - 2011

Seventh Annual International Ultra-Short Competition Winners and Honorees - 2010

Sixth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition Winners and Honorees - 2009

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