Ends on September 1, 2019

$25.00 USD

We are pleased to announce the inaugural [PANK] Books Contest! 

One Grand Prize Winner in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction Full Length Books Contest will each receive:

  • $1000 Grand Prize
  • $500 Publicity Campaign
  • Invitation to Book Launch, Signing and Reading at AWP 2020
  • Invitation to New York City Book Reading
  • 25 Author Copies
  • Will Serve as the 2020 [PANK] Books Contest Judge
  • We will also consider runners–up for publication! 


Deadline for submission is September 1, 2019. Winners will be announced December 1.  Send us your innovations, your silenced voices, your open hearts, your caged birds, your truths, your beauty, your everythings.

Nonfiction Submissions include: Memoir, Essay Collections, Lyric Essays, True Stories


Meet our judges:

Fiction: Gabino Iglesias is a writer, editor, translator, professor, and literary critic living in Austin, TX. His novel Zero Saints was nominated to the Wonderland Book Award, optioned for film, and translated into Spanish and published in Spain. His most recent novel, Coyote Songs, will be a featured book in Barrelhouse's 2019 Conversations & Connections Conference and published in France in 2021. His fiction has appeared in a plethora of publications as well as in crime, horror, and bizarro fiction anthologies. His reviews have appeared in places like NPR, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, HorrorTalk, Criminal Element, Marginalia, The Brooklyn Rail, Heavy Feather Review, Crimespree Magazine, Verbicide, PANK Magazine, The Collagist, and many other print and online venues. His nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, El Nuevo Dia, Los Angeles Review of Books, LitReactor, and others. He is the book reviews editor for PANK Magazine and a columnist for LitReactor and CLASH Media. He has judged the Best of the Net in 2017 and the Shirley Jackson Awards and well as the Splatterpunk Awards in 2019. You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias.4

Poetry: Trace DePass edited Scholastic's Best Teen Writing of 2017 wherein approximately 300 pieces were selected out of 11,000 total works. Annually, he works as a juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing awards, and as a teaching artist with organizations such as Urban Word NYC -- choosing works to be published through newsletters & performed on stages in NYC. Trace is also creating an ambassodarial fellowship with the Climate Museum that requires written submissions from high school students across the 5 boroughs. He serves as an creative director & editor for a startup organization he co-founded called Southside Thrives.

Nonfiction: Maya Sonenberg is the author of the story collections Cartographies and Voices from the Blue Hotel. Her newest chapbook of nonfiction, fiction, and photographs, After the Death of Shostakovich Père, appeared from PANK in 2018. Other fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Hotel Amerika, and she is currently working on a series of mini-essays about the choreographer Merce Cunningham. Her writing has received grants from the Washington State Arts Commission and King County 4Culture. She has served as judge for the Oregon Literary Awards, the Artist Trust Fellowship Program, and the American Academy in Berlin. She is Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Washington—Seattle. https://mayasonenberg.com/. You can find her on twitter @MzzS36019

Little Books: Logan February is a Nigerian poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Washington Square Review, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl, Paperbag, Tinderbox, Raleigh Review, and more. He is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, and his debut collection, Mannequin in the Nude (PANK Books, 2019) was a finalist for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He is the author of two chapbooks, and the Associate Director of Winter Tangerine's Dovesong Labs. You can find him at loganfebruary.com