The reading period for the LSSU HSSSP runs February 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016. Please see the guidelines below.

The general reading period for vol. 6 of Border Crossing is now closed.

We’re especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren’t often heard in mainstream publications. The best way to see what we mean by this is to order a copy from our print archives, or read our latest issue online. All of our submissions go through a rigorous editorial board process. We consider ourselves a “teaching journal,” in that one of our main goals is to give LSSU English and creative writing students editing and publishing opportunities prior to graduation. Every year, student interns read alongside faculty editors as part of the full editorial board and publish reviews of contributors’ books.

We only accept unpublished work for which writers can grant us first North American serial rights. We only accept submissions via Submittable during our official reading period. Submissions emailed, mailed, or sent outside of our reading period will not be read. Please follow the guidelines for each genre. Please note that we do not accept multiple submissions in a single genre during our reading periods, unless you are specifically invited to resubmit by the editors. For writers who have been previously published in Border Crossing, please wait one year after publication before submitting again. Also please note that the editors may make minor copyedits to your work upon acceptance.

Please do not include your name, address, and phone number on your submission file, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. Only include that information on your cover letter, pasted into the cover letter area, along with an email address you regularly check, and a brief biography of about fifty words. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. For poems, please add a note to your submission in Submittable indicating which part of your submission was accepted elsewhere.

Response time is roughly 4-6 months. At this time, we are not able to offer payment to all authors. However, with volume 5, our first online issue, we began featuring selected authors. Every year, after all of the work in each genre has been accepted, one author is chosen from those accepted in each genre for a paid feature. Featured authors receive prominent placement in the online journal, a published interview with the editors, and a $100 honorarium. One artist from Michigan or Ontario is also featured each year and receives the same benefits.

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Ends on 4/30/2016

The LSSU High School Short Story Prize is a regional literary competition run by the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program for high school writers with a cash award and scholarship. The 2016 contest is open to high school students residing in the Midwestern United States (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and Ontario, Canada. Entries to our second annual competition will be accepted February 1 through April 30, 2016. As last year, all entries will be read blind, with the identities of authors revealed only after judges’ final decisions are made. The winner of the 2016 competition will receive a $500 cash prize that can be increased to a $1000 cash scholarship if the winner chooses to attend LSSU. Additionally, this year, all entries receiving semifinalist or higher status will receive a free print copy of the latest edition of the LSSU undergraduate journal, Snowdrifts.

The theme for the 2016 LSSU High School Short Story Prize, chosen by subscribers to the contest newsletter, will be alternate history short stories. For the purposes of this contest, this means fiction that explores how the world would be different if the historical timeline were altered. You can enter stories that fall into the category of literary fiction, science fiction, or historical fiction, as long as the stories explore some “what if” scenario regarding an alternate version of the past. 

Stories will be judged on literary merit. To enter, submit a story that meets our guidelines using the below form. Enter your address and contact information in the form only; do not enter contact information on the story itself. Stories will be read blind. Entries must be previously unpublished at the time of entry. There is no need to notify us if the publication status changes during the contest. All finalists will be contacted to provide proof of Midwest or Ontario residency and high school student status. The winner's parent or guardian will be required to co-sign his or her publication contract before the winner is announced.

Contest theme: alternate history short stories
Maximum story length: 5,000 words

Before you enter, be sure to read the detailed contest rules and entry guidelines on our site!