Thank you for your interest in Five Points! Please see guidelines by clicking on the categories below. We consider unsolicited submissions and contest submissions via Submittable only and do not accept unsolicited manuscripts or contest submissions through the post office. We strive to respond to manuscripts in a timely manner—please allow at least 90 days before inquiring about the status of your manuscript. Our Submittable fees are nonrefundable.

We look forward to reading your work!

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Poetry: Up to 6 poems no longer than 50 lines each.

Prose: Fiction (short story or novel excerpt), Essay up to 7500 words in length. One prose piece per submission. 

A copy of the translated text should accompany your translation.

Please include a brief bio. for the author and yourself.

We require that you have obtained permission of the author or the author’s agent or estate to publish your translation and that your translation has not previously been published online or in print.

TO ENTER:

  • Send three previously unpublished poems no more than fifty lines each.
  • Simultaneously submitted manuscripts are accepted.
  • Entry fee includes a one-year subscription.
  • The winner will receive $1000 and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Five Points.
  • The winner will be announced on the Five Points website in the spring of 2021.

                            This contest is read blind. We only accept electronic submissions for this contest.                               

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ESSAY GUIDELINES: Include a cover letter with your submission. Simultaneously submitted works are permitted. Each essay should be no longer than 7500 words. Please submit one essay per submission. Essays should be individually typed double-spaced on one side of the page. Please make sure your name appears on all of the pages of your manuscript.

You may send two submissions in each genre per reading period. Any manuscripts received beyond this amount will be returned unread and/or your ability to submit via our online database will be blocked until the subsequent reading period begins. All works must be previously unpublished (in all formats).

We only accept electronic submissions for this genre.





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FICTION GUIDELINES: Include a cover letter with your submission. Simultaneously submitted works are permitted. Each story should be no longer than 7500 words. Please submit one story per submission. Stories should be individually typed double-spaced on one side of the page. Please make sure your name appears on all of the pages of your manuscript.

You may send two submissions in each genre per reading period. Any manuscripts received beyond this amount will be returned unread and/or your ability to submit via our online database will be blocked until the subsequent reading period begins. All works must be previously unpublished (in all formats).

We only accept electronic submissions for this genre.

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POETRY GUIDELINES: Include a cover letter with your submission. Simultaneously submitted works are permitted. Each poem should be no longer than fifty lines. Please send no more than 3 poems per submission. Poems should be individually typed either single- or double-spaced on one side of the page. Please make sure your name appears on all of the pages of your manuscript.

You may send two submissions in each genre per reading period. Any manuscripts received beyond this amount will be returned unread and/or your ability to submit via our online database will be blocked until the subsequent reading period begins. All works must be previously unpublished (in all formats).

Poems should be individually typed either single- or double-spaced on one side of the page. Please make sure your name appears on all of the pages of your manuscript.

We only accept electronic submissions for this genre.


Length: Up to 500 words maximum.

Limit: One manuscript per submission.

Please identify your piece as fiction or nonfiction.

You may submit a total of two submissions for this reading period. Submissions must be sent separately, and each submission will carry a $3.00 reading fee.

Previously published work (in any format) will not be considered for publication.


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