Judged by T Kira Madden and Roy G. Guzmán

A Contest

The body. A landscape. A respite. A self-alienating form. A sensory field. An object of control—ours, yours, and theirs. A space for sex. A space left behind. A space in which we find ourselves, lose ourselves, and define ourselves. A shifting space we’ll never shed. A wilderness in which we’re lost and found.

We’re having a contest and it’s going to be amazing. 


T Kira Madden—author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls—is judging microprose.

Roy G. Guzmán—author of Restored Mural for Orlando—is our poetry judge.

Ashley Inguanta is creating individual art for winning pieces, runners-up, and honourable mentions.

We have a theme: The Body. Interpret this loosely or not-so-loosely or maybe medium loosely—give us your fearless best.

More facts

Word count: 500 for prose (fiction, nonfiction, prose poetry). One story per submission.

Poetry: 5 pieces max per submission (50 lines max per piece).

Entry fee: $5 (please contact us if you’re unable to pay this fee:

We’re looking for previously unpublished work only.

Submit as many times as you like. (Submission wait times are waived for the contest.)

Simultaneous subs are fine; let us know ASAP if a piece gets picked up elsewhere.

Keep the submissions blind.

Why: kudos, publication, cash ($100 per winner; $25 per runner-up)

When: Soon! Submissions open June 17, 2019 and close July 31, 2019.

Submit Microprose!


Submit Poetry!


Submissions will initially be read by Pidgeonholes staffers. The top seven pieces in each category (microprose and poetry) will be submitted to the judges for their consideration and selection.

All submissions will be considered for online publication.


The Judges

Microprose: T Kira Madden







T Kira Madden is a lesbian APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature, her work has appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and The Sun. She is the author of the memoir LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS (Bloomsbury), and lives in New York City. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.


Poetry: Roy G. Guzmán







Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Roy G. Guzmán is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, where they also received their MFA in creative writing. Roy’s work has appeared in the Adroit JournalPoetry magazine, and The Rumpus. They are a 2019 NEA fellow and a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. Roy is the author of “Restored Mural for Orlando,” which was turned into a chapbook to raise funds for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Their debut collection,Catrachos, will be published by Graywolf Press in May 2020. Website: Twitter: @catrachxs.


Artwork created by: Ashley Inguanta







Ashley Inguanta is an art and portrait photographer. Starting out in photojournalism, Ashley found her love for landscape, place, and human expression as she navigated the world of newspapers in the late 2000s. For five years, she served as Art Director to SmokeLong Quarterly, and she’s also collaborated on book cover projects with indie publishers like Burrow Press and Press 53. Additionally, Ashley is the author of three collections: A chapbook, The Way Home (Dancing Girl Press 2013); a hardcover art and poetry collection, For the Woman Alone (Ampersand Books 2014); and Bomb, a full-length collection of poetry (Ampersand Books 2016). Her newest full-length collection of poetry and prose, The Flower, is forthcoming with Ampersand Books.


Photo by: Ashley Inguanta