Deadline Extended to December 15, 2014

Rhubarb magazine continues three unique contests, extending the deadline to December 15th, lowering entry fees to $20.00 without a subscription, or $25.00 including a subscription.

Entries can be submitted to [email protected], ensuring your name is only on the cover page or to our new Literary Contest Volunteer Kathleen Cerrer, by surface mail at Full Details of the contests are available at our website. Prizes are $500 for best entry in each category. Enter as often as you like, and there are no theme restrictions.

The Three Contests are:

Poetry:Psyche, the butterfly,/out of the cocoon” Judge, Di Brandt

Pervasive patterns of sexual and punitive violence against women and children, and publicly expressed attitudes of homophobia and misogyny, in the Mennonite community continue to appear in news and social media. Please send poems that envision wide scale transformation of our domestically abusive community Gestalt, through large and small negotiations in the love direction, as Miriam Toews’s Nomi Nickel would say.

“…she wasn’t hieratic, she wasn’t frozen,

she wasn’t very tall…

she carries a book but it is not

the tome of the ancient wisdom,

the pages, I imagine, are the blank pages

of the unwritten volume of the new

….she is Psyche, the butterfly,

out of the cocoon.” – Hilda Doolittle (“The Walls Do Not Fall”)


Essaying the essay: a contest based on the meaning of essay Judge, Ted Dyck

essay : an attempt or a try to explain, understand, or explore in prose or verse almost any subject with reference to its personal, objective, and/or universal aspects.

The essay’s radical feature derives from its original definition – it is an attempt or a try to come to a resolution about its subject – it is not an irrefutable argument with a final Q.E.D. [as-was-to-be-proved]. This feature of the essay – its tolerance of uncertainties, of undecidability – marks its aptness for our age.


Fiction: The short and the long of it Judge, Victor Enns

Ernest Hemingway once boasted in a bar, so the story goes, that he could write a storywith a beginning, middle, and end in six words. Challenged, and with $10 put-up as a bet, Hemingway responded. “For sale.  Baby shoes. Never worn.”  How about you? Could you write a novel or a story in six words with a beginning middle or end? How about 6,000?

This Rhubarb contest pits flash fiction against the long short story, accepting entries with a minimum of 6 words and a maximum of 6,000. All themes now welcome. Unpublished stories only please.