Ends on December 15, 2017

$15.00 USD

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Genre: Prose

Judge: Ira Sukrungruang

Entry fee: $15

The winning entry will be published as a 20-25-page feature in our fall, 2018 online issue. The author will also receive a cash prize of $500, and a subscription to The Fourth River’s print edition.


Please submit approximately 20-25, double-spaced pages of fiction or nonfiction prose in one file (.doc or .docx or .rtf only. No .pdf please). Submissions that are far below 20 pages will not be considered.

You may submit one long piece or several short pieces.

As always, we invite work that engages and interrogates our notions of nature and place and helps us see the world around us in a new way. The writer's name and contact information should appear on each page of the manuscript. We do not read blind. Please also provide a short bio in the appropriate field on Submittable. All pages should be numbered.

We are looking for adherence to our vision of nature and place via strong voices and impeccable craft, regardless of the style.

We accept electronic submissions only through Submittable. Emailed submissions and mailed submissions will not be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are withdrawn promptly in the event of publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions are accepted but each must include a separate contest fee. No translations.

For all our submissions, themed or otherwise, we welcome especially work by writers who are part of marginalized groups: immigrant and indigenous writers; writers of color; women, non-binary, LGBQA and trans writers; writers with disabilities both visible and invisible. No racist, misogynistic, homophobic or otherwise gratuitously hateful work will be considered. Send us your best work!

All work must be original and previously unpublished. This includes any work that has appeared in print or online in any form including personal websites. We claim first North American Serial rights, so rights revert to the author after the initial publication period. We ask that you credit The Fourth River in any subsequent publications.

Submissions will be screened by a panel of editors and up to ten finalists will be sent to the judge.

The contest is open to all writers in English except those affiliated in any way with Chatham’s MFA program, The Fourth River, or current or former students and colleagues of the judge.

Submissions accepted from September 15th, 2017--December 15th, 2017. Winners will be announced by email and listed on our website by May 15th, 2018.

The Folio Contest will rotate genres each year between poetry and prose.




Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoirs Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection, and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida.



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