Nov 18, 2014

Pushcart Prize Nominations

We are honored to announce Harpur Palate's Pushcart Prize nominations for issues 13.2 and 14.1. Below are also previews of their wonderful work. We wish you the best of luck!

Creative Nonfiction

Shawn Fawson, for "The Owl Sits Apart From Its Tree" (13.2)

Shawn Fawson resides with her family in Denver, Colorado. Her book Giving Way won the Library of Poetry Award and was published by The Bitter Oleander Press in 2010. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in South Loop Review, Vallum, and Mid-American Review, among others. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Anna Gates Ha, for "The Abalone Diver" (14.1)

Anna Gates Ha has an MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California. She was an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers and currently lives in Concord, California.

Caitlin McGuire, for "Centralia, Pennsylvania" (13.2)

Caitlin McGuire is a founding editor at Cartagena Journal, fiction editor at Yemassee, and online content editor at Fjords Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Booth, fwriction, and Whiskeypaper. You can find her at

Lindsay Merbaum, for "Lemon Tree" (13.2)

Lindsay Merbaum is a wanderer and ex-teacher whose stories have appeared in Epiphany, PANK, The MacGuffin, Anomalous Press, and Dzanc Books Best of the Web, among others. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and is currently at work on a novel.


Brandon Courtney, for "On Seeing My Ex-Wife at the Farmers' Market" (14.1)

Brandon Courtney was born and raised in Iowa, served four years in the United States Navy (Operation Enduring Freedom), and is a graduate of the MFA program at Hollins University. His poetry is forthcoming or appears in Best New Poets, 32 Poems, and The Boston Review, among many others. His chapbook, Improvised Devices, was published by Thrush Press, and his book The Grief Muscles will be published by The Sheep Meadow Press. He is a graduate student at the University of Chicago.

M. P. Jones IV, for "Fish Tale" (14.1)

M.P. Jones IV is a second-year graduate teaching assistant, soon to graduate with a master’s in literature from Auburn University where he reads for Southern Humanities Review. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of Kudzu Review, a journal of Southern literature and environment. His poetry has recently appeared in Tampa Review, Cumberland River Review, Canary Magazine, and Town Creek Poetry, among diverse others; his creative nonfiction has appeared in Sleet Magazine and decomP magazinE; he has an article on The Shadow of Sirius in the current issue of Merwin Studies; and he is the author of a poetry collection, Live at Lethe (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013).

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We are very proud to have these pieces in this year's issues and absolutely wish the nominees the best of luck.

Nov 17, 2014

Submissions Will Reopen February 1, 2015

We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who submitted to us and to those who spread the word about our contests for issue 14.2! We have closed up the reading period and are busy making final selections. Our contest winners will be announced when the issue is printed in January.

Harpur Palate will reopen for submissions on February 1, 2015! We will be seeking regular genre submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as a winner for our John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction. We hope you will submit your work to us!

Thank you again, and have a good holiday!

-The Editors

Nov 11, 2014

The End is Near!

It's hard to believe that there are only FIVE days left to submit to Harpur Palate for issue 14.2! We've been having a blast reading through all the wonderful work that we've received so far, and are eagerly waiting to see what sort of pieces you send us in the next few days.

This is already shaping up to be an excellent issue, so take a look at the guidelines below (or click on "Submissions" above) to see if your work is right for Harpur Palate.


Our Poetry Contest is Open!

Our Creative Nonfiction Contest is Ready For Your Work!

General Submissions

Please no multiple submissions, but simultaneous subs are fine with notice. We cannot accept work from those affiliated with Binghamton University except for book reviews and cover art.


  • Short stories up to 6,000 words
  • Up to three flash fiction pieces

Creative Nonfiction

  • Pieces up to 8,000 words
  • Smaller flash pieces limited to three
  • Take a look at our archives to see what we've accepted before


  • Between three and five poems considered
  • No more than ten pages total

So polish up your work and send it our way by November 15, 2014! Our Submittable page is open and waiting for you.

Sep 18, 2014

Announcing the Winner of the 2014 John Gardner Fiction Contest!

Our new issue is here! And that means we finally get to announce the winner of our 2014 John Gardner Fiction Contest. We run this contest in honor of John Gardner (1933-1982), author of fiction, a dramatist, and beloved professor here at Binghamton University.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their work for consideration. Without you, we wouldn't be able to function as a journal. Seriously.

Congratulations to Janet Schneider, whose work "The Positional Player" is the winning piece! She wins $500 and our admiration here at the journal. Take a look at the sneak peek of her work below.

Want to know how the story ends? Buy a copy for yourself!

Janet Schneider writes during the winter in Berkeley, CA and in Charlevoix, Michigan all summer long. Her fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in Traverse Magazine,, and She received her MFA in fiction writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. When she’s not writing, she’s riding her bike.

You can buy the latest issue of Harpur Palate with Schneider's winning piece included via Submittable. While you're there, take a look at our submission guidelines and send us something yourself!

Congratulations again to our 2014 John Gardner Fiction Contest Winner, Janet Schneider!

Sep 16, 2014

14.1 Cover Artist Meredith Britt

We are so thrilled to have Meredith Britt's artwork for issue 14.1. Isn't it gorgeous?

Meredith Britt, "The Horses Return to Vaughn"

More about Britt in her own words:

I make art because it feels good and I don't know what else to do.

Painting, drawing, sculpting and making cut-paper collages occupies some of my creative energy. I’ve always done artwork, and I have made it my main focus. I have a bachelors in fine art from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I learn a lot about art just doing it. It's fulfilling, luxurious and necessary.

I was raised by yard gnomes under a tall train trestle in southern France who grew squash and beans in their back yard and studied Chekhov by candlelight. They taught me to speak, but I only remember a few words. Amoeba. Acupuncture. Anomalies. We didn't get past the As. I was a picky eater so they fed me pop tarts. I began making self-portraits from shiny objects, and wrote the pop tart cookbook, which is out of print.

Then one day a passing stranger in a donkey cart gave me a lift to the art supply store. I began to draw and paint. I took up finger puppets. People came from miles around. From that day on I worked backwards, carefully careless. I became the president of Harvard and ambassador to the U.N. Now I am in the witness protection program in Las Vegas, N.M., where I decorate pop tart wrappers and run a hostel for yard gnomes.

Long ago I lived in New York, Chicago, Westcliffe, Colo., Big Sandy, Mont., New Orleans, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Kansas City, Ouray, Utah, St. Louis, Concord, Fla., and Rye, Colo.

Sunlight, the sky, other artists and their work, and my own art give me inspiration. My socks don't match. I’m a pretty good writer. I don’t make much money at that. This is an excerpt from my novel. No, wait – no, it isn't.

Britt is also part-owner of El Zocalo, a cooperative art gallery found in Las Vegas, New Mexico. They have a great website HERE, and a blog HERE.

Meredith Britt with sample artwork

Britt's artwork is sharp, fresh, and unique. "Horses Return to Vaughn" is a bright work of cut paper and we are proud to feature it on our issue. You can find more about her work at El Zocalo on Facebook!

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