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Ends on 9/30/2015

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) is a Writers' Center located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a simple mission:  to encourage, promote, and celebrate the literary endeavors of writers within the Great Lakes region. CHEAP POP is an online literary journal focusing on micro-fiction, 500 words or less, that pops—stories that, regardless of their short nature, stick with you. Now, GLCL and CHEAP POP have come together to offer the 2015 Micro-Fiction Contest!

Submission Period:  August 1 – September 30, 2015

Announcement of Winners:   Friday, October 30, 2015 

Prizes:  $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place. The three award winners, along with three honorable mention entries, will be published with CHEAP POP.

The 2015 Micro-Fiction Contest will be judged in blind fashion by Phillip Sterling. His most recent book is In Which Brief Stories Are Told, a collection of short fiction from Wayne State University Press. He is also the author of the poetry collection Mutual Shores and three chapbook-length series of poems (Significant Others, Quatrains, and Abeyance) and editor of Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange. Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Fulbright Lectureships (Belgium and Poland), a P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Award, and a number of Pushcart Prize nominations (for poetry and nonfiction prose). Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University, where he founded and coordinated the Literature in Person (LIP) Reading Series, Sterling spent much of August 2014 on Isle Royale, as part of the National Park Service artist-in-residency program. He lives in Lowell, Michigan.


1).  Submissions must be original, unpublished works of micro-fiction with a maximum of 500 words. Like all submissions to CHEAP POP, we're looking for solid writing, stories that keep us interested...pieces that pop! We recommend you read through CHEAP POP's catalog to get an idea of what we like and look for.

2).  Submissions will be accepted ONLINE ONLY from August 1 – September 30, 2015. Entries are unable to be modified after submission.

3).  The entry fee per submission is $5.00. There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit, but please note that each entry requires a separate submission and a separate $5.00 fee.

4).  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we request that the writer notify us immediately if their work is accepted for publication or receives an award elsewhere.

5).  This contest is judged in blind fashion. Please do not put any identifying information on your entry itself.

6).  The winners will be publicly announced on Friday, October 30, 2015. The three award winners, along with the three honorable mention entries, will be published with CHEAP POP

7). You do not need to live in or be from the Great Lakes region to enter. This contest is national/international in scope. GLCL and CHEAP POP are thrilled to hear from writers outside of Michigan, and to introduce them to new readers from the Midwest.

8).  Questions? Contact GLCL at