Antelope Hill Publishing


Theme: Thinking About Rome

NOTE: Submissions are closed! We are currently judging and we will be reaching out to contestants in June/July. Targeting publication in August/September.

Two submission categories: Poetry (of any style) and Short Story (fiction)

Two $600 prizes for best in each category

Two $400 prizes for the runner-up in each category

Antelope Hill Publishing wishes to express the stories and help build the culture that will pave the way to a better tomorrow. To this end we are launching our fourth annual writing competition to gather this material and later to publish the very best of it in print form. We will be accepting submissions from midnight of March 1st to midnight of April 15th (EST). No work will be reviewed until submissions are closed. Depending on the volume of content received, we will take approximately one month to come to a decision regarding the winners. Entrants are reminded to only submit work that already meets the high standard of Antelope Hill Publishing, and to keep submissions to an absolute maximum of 5,000 words.

A Few Notes On The Theme: Our theme for this year’s writing contest is “Thinking about Rome.” We are looking for stories and poems about the perennial nature of human experiences, whether they happened yesterday or two thousand years ago, as well as the intersection of our struggles today and those of times long past. Submissions can be about the echoes of the classical world in modernity, the shadow of modernity in the classical world, or even about the inspiration one draws from those that came before them. The prompt is not limited to these ideas; we wish to keep the topic broad so as to encourage a wide array of ideas. And life is full of ups and downs, so the mood need not be limited to themes of victory and triumph, but can also cover pensiveness, heartbreak, or anything else.


By submitting your work to this contest, you agree that you are granting Antelope Hill Publishing the non-revocable right to publish, print, advertise, distribute, and profit from the submitted work in a compilation. Participants must include their preferred pen name with the submission, as well as an email address or other communication address at which they can be reached. Submissions which do not provide attribution will, if published, be attributed to “Anon.” Submissions must have a single title; if not titled, they will be titled “untitled.” Authors who do not provide contact information at which they can be reached will forfeit any contest rewards. While we have no problem with contestants submitting works that they have submitted or published elsewhere, we greatly prefer original works. Contest winners will be paid only by either cash, check, or money order at their request, sent via United States Mail, or, at the sole discretion of the Publisher, may request to be paid by some other method mutually agreeable to both parties. Submissions will be judged at the sole discretion of the Antelope Hill Publishing editorial team and decisions are nonreviewable. Limit 5,000 words and three (3) unique submissions per person. Email [email protected] with any questions.

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