Announcing: Our First Annual Poetry & Flash Fiction Contest!

We are pleased to announce first annual contest for poetry and flash fiction. Winners will receive $100 each, be published in our 4.1 issue and featured prominently this fall on our website.

Submit: June 1 – August 15th

Fee: $5 per entry

Prizes: publication of the winning piece in issue 4.1, special feature of the writer on our website this fall, a Gigantic Sequins 1-year subscription, $100 cash

Judges: Nick Flynn & Jennifer duBois


Entries and Payments must be received through the Gigantic Sequins Submittable website.

You may submit multiple entries, but a new entry fee must be paid for each new submission. Previously published work will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted but must be withdrawn from the contest if accepted elsewhere. Friends and students (current and former) of the judges are not eligible; please do not submit if you are a personal friend of any of the judges.

Poetry: up to 5 poems per entry. Not more than one poem per page with a maximum of  8 pages per entry.

Flash Fiction: up to 3 pieces per entry, each not to exceed 1000 words

All submissions will be considered for publication in addition to being considered for the contest.

About the Judges: 

Nick Flynn’s most recent book is The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (2011), a collection of poems that are linked to his latest memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb (2010), which the Los Angeles Times calls a “disquieting masterpiece.” His previous memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into fourteen languages. He is also the author of a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (2008), as well as two other books of poetry, Some Ether (2000), and Blind Huber (2002), for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on the film Darwin’s Nightmare (nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006), as well as executive producer and artistic collaborator on Being Flynn, the film version of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (released in 2012 from Focus Features, directed by Paul Weitz, starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, and Julianne Moore). His next memoir, The Reenactments, is forthcoming in 2013.

Jennifer duBois earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recently completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Playboy, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, The Northwest Review and elsewhere, and her first novel, A Partial History of Lost Causes, was published by The Dial Press in March. She is currently the Nancy Packer Lecturer of Continuing Studies at Stanford.

About the Judging Process:  The staff of Gigantic Sequins will select a group of finalists from the contest entries. Finalists will be chosen for strong work and announced in August. Nick Flynn and Jennifer duBois will make the final selections. Winners will be announced in September.