Obra/Artifact is the graduate literary journal for Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas. We are a semiannual journal seeking to publish a diverse set of poetry and prose in April and October of each year.

We also publish literary postcards that go along with each issue.

O/A Blog publishes essays that focus on process and craft.


Ends on July 31, 2018$15.00
$15.00

Welcome to our Inaugural Prose Contest at Obra / Artifact!

A prize of $500 along with a custom-created physical artifact (based on the chosen work) and publication in Issue #6 of Obra / Artifact will be given to the winning author. Finalists will be judged by an acclaimed writer, with John Keene as guest judge for the inaugural contest. Submit one piece of original prose up to 6,000 words in length with a $15 entry fee by 31 July 2018.

Inaugural Prose Contest Rules & Details:

  • The contest is open to fiction and nonfiction prose.
  • There is no required theme or genre.
  • Open to international writers. All submissions must be in English.
  • Each piece should be typed and double-spaced and up to 6,000 words.
  • Work should be submitted in an editable text document format (e.g. Microsoft Word Document, Google Doc).
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter must contain: your name, title of the piece, word count, author bio of no more than three sentences written in the third person, phone number, and email address.
  • Please do NOT put your name anywhere on the manuscript itself.
  • Manuscripts may NOT be previously published.
  • Entries must be electronically submitted via Submittable.
  • Submissions must be received by midnight (Eastern Time) 31 July 2018.
  • One piece per submission. Up to three submissions per author are accepted. Each entry must be accompanied by a $15 entry fee.
  • The winner will be contacted in early September 2018. If winner does not respond within one week of notification, another winner may be selected.
  • The custom-created physical artifact based on the chosen work will be designed and created by the Obra / Artifact Editors and collaborating associates. The type of physical artifact created will be inspired directly by the work itself and thus designed and made after the winning piece is announced. At least one physical artifact will be created.
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in a future issue of Obra / Artifact (all contest entries are automatically added to submissions for Issue #6 — please do not submit the same piece to Issue #6 separately).
  • Current Stetson MFA of the Americas students are not eligible.
  • Rules are subject to change at any time.


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Obra / Artifact Inaugural Prose Contest

Entry fee: $15

Length: 2,500 – 3,500 words

Deadline: 31 July 2018

Ends on August 20, 2018

Note on multimedia work: If you would like your work to be considered for an Artifact postcard, please be prepared to create a still image. Minimum size for postcard images is 1200 x 1800 pixels.

Please send no more than five works at a time.

NOTE: We will not publish reprints.

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you withdraw your submission promptly if it is chosen for publication elsewhere.

Ends on August 20, 2018

Give us bold, give us subtle, give us torn up and taped together. We are especially partial to mixed media, digital collages, and video work.

If you would like your work to be featured on an Artifact postcard, please be prepared to create a still in postcard size, 4 in. X 6 in.

Please submit only high resolution images of your work.

Send us no more than five works at a time.

Ends on August 20, 2018

Prose includes fiction, nonfiction, and all the gray areas in between. We accept prose works up to 6,000 words. 

Postcards (Artifact) are published twice a year. Selections for postcards are made from the works published in the online issues.

Due to space considerations, only prose pieces under 500 words can be considered for print as Artifact postcards. Prose between 500 and 6,000 words will be considered for publication online only. 

Formatting: Please follow these guidelines to format your manuscript. Only Times New Roman (12 pt) and Courier New (11 pt) black fonts will be read. Remember to double space your work.

Files: Name your submission file with your surname and the piece’s title, like this: Surname_Submission Title.docx. Only docx and rtf files are accepted.

Cover Letter: Please include a word count for your piece and an author bio of no more than three sentences written in the third person.

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you withdraw your submission promptly if it is chosen for publication elsewhere. 

NOTE: We will not publish reprints.

We accept prose works up to 6,000 words. We publish postcards (Artifact) twice a year. Selections for postcards are made from the works published in the online issues.

Due to space considerations, only prose pieces under 500 words can be considered for print as Artifact postcards. Prose between 500 and 6,000 words will be considered for publication online only. 

Formatting: Please follow these guidelines to format your manuscript. Only Times New Roman (12 pt) and Courier New (11 pt) black fonts will be read. Remember to double space your work.

Files: Name your submission file with your surname and the piece’s title, like this: Surname_Submission Title.docx. Only docx and rtf files are accepted.

Cover Letter: Please include a word count for your piece and an author bio of no more than three sentences written in the third person.

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you withdraw your submission promptly if it is chosen for publication elsewhere. NOTE: We will not publish reprints.

We are looking for for fresh translations of prose and poetry. If you have a new take on translation, be it digitally mediated, performance based, or shifting between media, we want to see your work. Translations of experimental works by writers across the Americas is highly desired.
Ends on December 30, 2018
Blog posts for the Obra/Artifact site should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length and related to arts, literature, and culture in the Americas. Work that focuses on craft across experimental genres is highly desired.
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