Whiskey Island seeks original poetry, fiction, and creative essays during two reading periods: August 15th through November 15th, and January 15th through April 15th.

We accept simultaneous submissions and ask that you identify them as such in your cover letter. No multiple submissions, please, and no previously published work either. Reporting time can be as long as 3 months, but we try to be much, much faster.  Please keep fiction submissions to 6000 words or less.

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This form is open only to Cleveland State undergraduates participating in the creative writing contest. If you are not a CSU student and wish to submit to Whiskey Island, please go back and submit your work under the appropriate form (Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Essay). Any work submitted here will not be considered for our print issue. 

If you are a CSU student, do the following: 

Please include only the title and genre of your submission and do not include your name. (This is an anonymous contest.) Upload a PDF or Word doc that does not contain your name anywhere in the file. Please do, however, include your student ID number at the top of your PDF or Word doc. Submissions that do not comply to these guidelines will not be considered.   

The maximum word count is 2,000 words. Winners will be announced on March 20th, 2019, and will see their work published on the Whiskey Island blog. Winners will also be invited to read their work at our launch party on April 18th. 

Ends on April 15, 2019

Creative nonfiction essays between 500-6000 words. 

Please no book reviews or academic papers.

Please do not send multiple submissions.

No translations, please.



Ends on April 15, 2019

Please keep submissions between 1500 and 6000 words. Submission below 1500 words should be submitted using the flash fiction category. 

Please do not send multiple submissions.

No translations, please.

Ends on April 15, 2019

Fiction 1500 words or less. Include up to three pieces in one file. 

Please do not send multiple submissions.

No translations, please.

Ends on April 15, 2019

3-5 poems at one time. Please combine all the poems you wish to submit into one document.

A one-year subscription includes two issues: one winter and one summer release, beginning with the most recent.

To submit work, please return to the main page and select Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Essay.

Thank you for your interest in purchasing a sample issue of Whiskey Island. We'll send you a back issue at random, one we think most represents the tastes of the current editorial staff. 




 Issue 71 includes fiction, poetry, and essays from: 


Benjamin Brezner | Jenny Mary Brown | Cindy Carlson | Georgia Coveny | Jesse DeLong | Gail DiMaggio | Ellie Francis Douglass | Scott Garson | Lisa Higgs | Liana Jahan Imam | Anika Jhalani | Christos Kalli | Michael Keefe | S.A. Leger | Robert McGuill | Kathryn Merwin | Megan Neville | Christine Pacyk | Holly Painter | F. Daniel Rzicznek | Marvin Shackelford | Kegan Swyers | Christine Taylor | Kyle Teller | Roger Topp | Jamilla VanDyke-Bailey | Nicole Yurcaba


To submit work, please return to the main page and select Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Essay. 

Issue 70 includes fiction, poetry, and essays from:


 

Allison Adair  |  Marcia Arrieta  |  Tyler Atwood  |  Colin Bailes  |  Lana Bella  |  Roseanna Alice Boswell  |  Samuel Cheney  |  Mackenzie Cole  |  Claudia Cortese  |  Brian Czyzyk  |  Adam Day  |  Brian Dickson  |  Hannah Dow  |  Meg Eden  |  Mag Gabbert  |  Ally Harris  |  Ann Hillesland  |  Robert Hinderliter  |  D. Seth Horton  |  Tara E. Jay  |  Aubrey Johnson  |  Maureen Kingston  |  Lara Lillibridge  |  Jill Mceldowney  |  Hanna Rose Neuhauser  |  Olivia Niles  |  Nikoletta Nousiopoulos  |  Marlene Olin  |  Marion Peck  |  Laura Potts  |  Jessica Roeder  |  Daniel Eduardo Ruiz  |  Hilary Sallick  |  William Todd Seabrook  |  Jeremy Spears  |  Kyle Valentine  |  James Valvis  |  Hannah V. Warren  |  Rodney Wittwer  |  Margaret Yapp 


To submit work, please return to the main page and select Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Essay.

Issue 68 includes fiction, poetry, and essays from:

E. Kristin Anderson / Shelia Arndt/ Robert Bishop / Erica Sofer Bodwell / Kristen Brida / Charlene Logan Burnett/ Andrew Collard/ Elissa Davidson/ Jaydn DeWald / Michelle Disler / Sonia Feigelson/ Kate Gaskin/ Peter Grandbois / Benjamin Buerette / Taylor Hamann / Nolan Hutton / Juleen Eun Sun Johnson / Erin Jones / Mikael Kelly / Eve Kenneally / Tara Laskowski / Cameron Alexander Lawrence / Christopher Linforth / Tessa Livingstone / D.A. Lockhart / Natalia Mujadzic / Daniel Neff / Greg Nicholl / Nicholas Patrick Martin / Wendy Merry / Chris Philpot / Donna Pucciani / David Byron Queen / Jessica Rosen / C.C. Russell / Natalie Solmer / Leah Umansky / Sarah M. Wells / Constance Wieneke / John Sibley Williams / Lauren Winchester / Jeff Worley / Jasmin Rae Ziegler

Issue 68 includes fiction, poetry, and essays from:

Jen Ashburn/ Latifa Ayad/Jon Backmann/ Laura Bernstein-Machlay/Catherine A. Brereton/Jeremy Bronaugh/Lori Broumand/Nicoletta Ceccoli/Brian Clifton/Michael Cooper/William Cordeiro/Dorsey Craft/Gillian Cummings/Kristina Marie Darling/Whitney DeVos/Nandini Dhar/Matthew Fogarty/Ariel Francisco/Gary Joshua Garrison/Landon Godfrey/Tyler Gonlag/Evan Hansen/Sara Henning/Greg Hill/Noor Hindi/Jackson Holbert/Heather Hughes/Sally J. Johnson/Patrick Kindig/Alyse Knorr/Andrew Koch/Scott Krave/Peter LaBerge/Kendra Leigh/Keegan Lester/Dylan Macdonald/Alexa Mal/Sandra Marchetti/Ashley Mares/Anthony Martin/Siwar Masannat/Jessica More-Collins/T.A. Noonan/Ed O'Casey/Hilary Plum/Steve Putnam/Virginia Smith Rice/Fortunato Salazar/Conor Scruton/Jeff Streeby/Talin Tahajian/Lee Upton/Madeleine Wattenberg/Gabrielle Williams/Ruth Williams/Ari Wolff/Emma Wood/Mika Yamamoto






Issue 67 includes fiction, poetry, and essays from:

Christine Amezquita/ Jenni B. Baker/ Nancy Bevilaqua/ Lucy Biederman/ Jessica Bixel/ Mindy Burkhardt/ Caylin Capra-Thomas/ Doug Paul Case/ Sara Biggs Chaney/ Adam Clay/ Abigail Cloud/ Nicholas Demski/ Allison Donohue/ Kate Eliza/ RG/ Eric Hawthorn/ Theodosia Henney/ Bob Herz/ Sean Hickey/ Chris Holdaway/ Janis Butler Holm/ Joseph Holt/ Jason M. Jones/ David Karosick/ Sean Kilpatrick/ Tyler Kline/ Stephen Mackey/ Amy Marengo/ Laura Mayron/ Erin L. Miller/ Kat Moore/ Matthew Nye/ Olivia Olson/ Emily O'Neill/ Lauro Palomba/ Ania Payne/ Diane Payne/ Mary Ruefle/ Curt Saltzman/ Michael Sarnowski/ Sean Shearer/ Maggie Smith/ John Sibley Williams/ Marco Yan/ Lauren Yates/ Timothy Ziegenhagen






Issue 66 includes work from:

Erin Adair-Hodges/ Jeffrey Allen/ Aaron Apps/ Karin Barbee/ Michael Berger/ Jennifer Jackson Berry/ Kristy Bowen/ Peter Burzynski/ Laura Carter/ Brian Clifton/ Taylor Collier/ R.M. Cooper/ Lara Alonso Corona/ Meg Cowen/ Patrick Culliton/ Dalton Day/ Jaydn DeWald/ Shelby Dale DeWeese/ Sean Thomas Dougherty/ José Hernández Díaz/ Brooke Ellsworth/ Kat Finch/ Gina Keicher/ Ginger Ko/ Heather Lang/ Rhonda Lott/ Joe Lucido/ Anna Meister/ Jennifer Metsker/ Daniel Miller/ Roberto Montes/ Aimee Penna/ Katharine Rauk/ Katherine Forbes Riley/ Nicole Rollender/ Dan Rosenberg/ Sean Rys/ F. Daniel Rzicznek/ Matthew Schnirman/ Sarah J. Sloat/ Sarah Sorensen/ Terrell Jamal Terry/ J.T. Townley/ Meg Wade


Featuring: Toby Altman / Iver Arnegard / Aaron Boothby / Matthew Broaddus / Melissa Broder / Callista Buchen / Valentina Cano / Dara Cerv / Kristina Marie Darling / Adam Day / Nandini Dhar / Cody Ernst / Fatima Espiritu / Richard Foerster / Joshua Gage / John Gallaher / Mark Gosztyla / Chris Haven / Jessica Hollander / Tom Holmes / Ellyn Lichvar / John Lowther / Derick Mattern / Caitlin McGuire / Erin J. Mullikin / Larry Narron / Vanessa Norton / Taylor Jacob Pate / Caleb Powell / John Repp / Paul Arrand Rodgers / Robert David Roe / M. C. Rush / Philip Schaefer / Natalie Shapero / Dara-Lyn Shrager / Hannah Stephenson / Claire Iris S. Valentine-Fossum / Karen Weyant / Jim Whiteside

And artwork from Arabella Proffer

***The first shipment of orders and contributor copies will go out the first week of March 2015***


Featuring: Paul David Adkins / Paul Albano / Justin Carter / Liz Chereskin / Christopher Citro / Jamison Crabtree / Caroline Crew / Francis Daulerio / Justin Lawrence Daugherty / James Eidson / Dan Encarnacion / Didi Goldenhar / Carol Guess / Eileen Hennessy / Bob Hicok / Anne Cecelia Holmes / Celia Homesley / Lindsey Hopton / Neal Kitterlin / Sarah Levine / Rob MacDonald / Kelly Magee / Alex McElroy / Karyna McGlynn / John McKernan / Joe Milazzo / Katherine Scott Nelson / Elizabeth O’Brien / Nina Puro / Jade Ramsey / Ann Robinson / Aurelie Sheehan / Anis Shivani / Ryan Teitman / Jason Tobin / Caleb True / Madeline Vardell / Katie Willingham

Artwork by Aniela Sobieski

Featuring: Anne Barngrover / Chiara Barzini / Ruth Baumann / Michael Bazzett / Chloe Benjamin / Caroline Cabrera / Mike Corum / Heather Cox / Patrick Dacey / Jeanine Deibel / Chris Emslie / Ashley C. Ford / Anne Germanacos / Matt Hart / RJ Ingram / Anna Lindwasser / Rebecca Macijeski / Kyle McCord / Elizabeth Deanna Morris / Eric Morris / Lori Mosley / Karissa Morton / Joseph Mulholland / Jessica Poli / Lana Rakhman / Amber Rambharose / Gregory Sherl / Gale Marie Thompson / David Vardeman / Avni Vyas / Julie Marie Wade / Evan White / Corey Zeller / Abigail Zimmer

Artwork by Rachel Talty
Issue 62 features Alissa Nutting, Roxane Gay, Joshua Young, Nick Courtright, Nate Pritts, Claudia Cortese, Joshua Kleinberg, Stephen Danos, James Tadd Adcox, Michelle Donahue, Erin Lyndal Martin, Sarah Scoles, Christopher Linforth, Carrie Lorig, Laurel Hunt, Brandon Courtney, Crystal Hoffman, Ben Sutton, Zachary Green, Laura Carter, Annamarie O'Connell, Joshua Ware, Suzanne Marie Hopcroft, Russ Woods, Jason Lester, Emily O'Neill, David Greenspan, Paula Marafino Benett, Morgan Ekland, Les Kay, Nate Slawson, and Tyler Gobble.

Artwork by Casey Riordan Millard
Whiskey Island