Mikrokosmos Fiction and Poetry Contest



First Prize Fiction and Poetry: $200

Second Prize Fiction and Poetry: $100

Third Prize Fiction and Poetry: $50

Fiction Judge: Lindsey Drager

Poetry Judge: Ruth Ellen Kocher

August 15 – December 15, 2018


Lindsey Drager is the author of the novels The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, 2017) and The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Prize, recipient of Silver in the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction, and now available in braille. She has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference and has received fully funded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the I-Park Foundation. In 2017, she presented work and served on panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the International Society for the Study of Narrative Convention, the NonfictioNow Conference in Reykjavík, Iceland, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel-in-stories tentatively titled The Archive of Alternative Endings, which offers queer retellings of the Hansel and Gretel narrative over the course of a millennium told in 75-year increments that correspond with the passing of Halley’s comet.




Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of the poetry collections Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press 2013), Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2013), One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press 2003), When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering, winner of the Green Rose Prize in Poetry (New Issues Press 2002), and Desdemona’s Fire, winner of the Naomi Long Madget Award for African American Poets (Lotus Press 1999). Her poems have been translated into Persian in the Iranian literary magazine, She’rand have appeared or are forthcoming in various anthologies including, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, An Anthology for Creative Writers: The Garden of ForkingPaths, IOU: New Writing On Money, New Bones: Contemporary Black Writing in America. She has taught poetry writing for the University of Missouri, Southern Illinois University, the New England College Low Residency MFA program, the Indiana Summer Writer’s workshop, and Washington University’s Summer Writing program.



Fiction: Submit up to three pieces totaling no more than 6,000 words.

Poetry: Submit up to five poems or ten pages of poetry.

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Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

We accept only previously unpublished work for publication.

The top three submissions in each category will receive a cash prize and be published in our annual print issue of Mikrokosmos in March 2019.

All non-prize winning submissions will also be considered for our online publication, mojo.


Intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of the judges are ineligible to submit in that category.


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