Enizagam is published annually, in May or June, and accepts submissions from September 1 through March 31. Work may be in any literary style as long as it hooks the reader by the eyes and does not let go.
Send submissions to EnizAwards@oakarts.org. Type “Poetry,” “Fiction” or “Essay” in the subject line, and submit your work as a Microsoft Word attachment. Your cover page—the body of your email—must include your name, address, phone number, email address, and brief bio.
Poetry manuscripts should consist of 3-5 poems, totaling no more than 10 pages. Fiction manuscripts should consist of one short story, up to 6,000 words. Essays must also be up to 6,000 words or less. Enizagam does not accept novel excerpts or work written for children. We do accept previously published work and simultaneous submissions, as long as you add an Acknowledgments page for previously published work and contact us immediately at EnizAwards@oakarts.org if an unpublished entry is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are fine, but should be attached as separate documents.
Enizagam Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction
Two prizes of $1,000 and publication are awarded annually for a short story and a group of poems. All finalists will be considered for publication, and a reading of the winning pieces may be broadcast online. The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum judged Fiction in 2013, where luminary writer Kim Addonizio tackled poetry. Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler) and Nikki Giovanni served as our celebrity judges in 2012. Robert Olen Butler selected the winning story in 2011; Michelle Tea the winning poem.