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Gordon Square Review is holding a special Blackout Poetry Contest in connection with the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Cleveland is in the path of totality, and we are looking for blackout poetry that uses erasure of an existing text to reveal something new.

This contest is open to anyone around the world. Submit a single blackout poem of any length with a $10 entry fee. The contest winner will receive $500 and publication in Gordon Square Review. One runner-up will be selected for publication. Both pieces will be published on the day of the eclipse: April 8, 2024

The contest opens on January 8, 2024 and closes on March 8, 2024.

Contest Guidelines

  • All writer information (name, bio, etc.) will be withheld from contest judges. Please do not include your name or any identifying information anywhere on the document or in the document file name.
  • The fee for each entry is $10. All entries will also be considered for publication.
  • Contest entries must be previously unpublished in either print or online venues, including personal blogs. 
  • Entries must consist of a single blackout (also known as an erasure) poem of any length submitted within a single document (doc, pdf, png, jpg, etc). Prose poetry and hybrid works are welcome. Writers may submit more than one entry, but a separate fee is required for each entry. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw your work through Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event of a withdrawal. 
  • All entries must be submitted via Submittable. Print or emailed entries will not be accepted (please contact us if this presents accessibility issues). Entry fees are nonrefundable. 
  • The winner will receive $500 and publication in Gordon Square Review.
  • Gordon Square Review editors will read submissions and select the finalists and winners. 
  • Writers with a close personal or professional relationship with GSR editors are not eligible to submit to the contest. Literary Cleveland staff and board members are also not eligible to submit. 
  • Questions? Email gordonsquarereview@gmail.com.

The contest January 8, 2024 and closes on March 8, 2024.

The winner and runner-up will be published on April 8, 2024. 

All writers will be notified prior to the contest winner and runner-up being published.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.