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Submissions are open for novellas, highlighting ghosts and/or spiritual entities imposing on the natural world. We distinctively want unique stories incorporating the cultures, traditions, and/or histories of BIPOC and underrepresented communities. Submissions portal closes March 31, 2024.

Novellas should be between 15,000 - 25,000 words (roughly 50-100 pages). Selected submissions receive $1000 and publication within the Presence collection and the Kinsman Quarterly literary journal. $25 submission fee required. Submission fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable. Dual submissions are permitted.

Those eligible should submit an original, unpublished work in English. Selected submissions will be featured in the Kinsman Quarterly, its social media sites, and printed promotions. Copyrights of the individual submissions remain with the authors. Kinsman Avenue Publishing, Inc owns the copyrights to the collection as a unit.

Those Eligible

  • individuals 18 years or older
  • authors of BIPOC and underrepresented communities preferred, but not restricted to
  • must be able to receive payment through Paypal 


Contest Guidelines

  • Each entry should be an original, unpublished work by the submitting author, which does not infringe upon the copyrights of another individual or entity. 
  • Submissions must be received by March 31st at 7 p.m. EST.
  • Submissions should feature themes of ghosts and the paranormal
  • Participants may enter more than one submission.
  • Changes to the competition entry cannot be made once a work is submitted. However, a revised version may be resubmitted with a second submission fee. In such cases, include the word "revision" in the file name. 


Formatting Guidelines (MUST READ) 

  • Submission files must be named by Title_Author's LastFirst Name. Example: "Missing Mary_DoeJohn".
  • All entries must be submitted as an MS Word doc/docx or .pdf file.
  • All entries must be in Times New Roman, font size 12, double-spaced. 
  • Remove extra space between paragraphs (in MS Word, right-click, select "paragraph", select "don't add space between paragraphs..."
  • Be sure to remove all track changes from edited text. 
  • Entries that do not adhere to guidelines will not be considered. 


Kinsman Quarterly reserves the right to extend deadline for novella submissions up to 60 days.

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