ANNOUNCING Neglected Histories of Arkansas Contest. Deadline January 15, 2018

Et Alia Press needs fresh perspectives to (re)write Arkansas.

Especially if you’re an Arkansan of color, identify as a woman and/or LGBTQ, live with a serious health issue, are a whistle-blower, or live a lifestyle outside the mainstream, you probably know a different Arkansas than some histories have fabricated. Neglected Histories of Arkansas welcomes writings of any genre that explore and share tough truths in and about Arkansas. We need work that will preserve and expand cultural memory in its diversity, and shine a light on the neglected and alternative histories of The Natural State.


  • Deadline: January 15, 2018 by midnight. Contest opens April 19, 2017, and early submissions are encouraged. 
  • Send manuscripts of no more than 25,000 words or 10 poems and a $10 reading fee via Submittable.
  • Must be a current resident of Arkansas or have resided in Arkansas long enough to "call it home" and be willing to return for readings and events. 
  • In your cover letter, specify your work as nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or hybrid; indicate length of Arkansas residency at the time of submission; provide full name, address, and contact information. No identifying information should appear in your manuscript so that, to the extent possible, submissions will be anonymous. 
  • The winner receives $125, and five copies; two runners-up will each receive $25 and two copies. It is our hope to publish the work of the winner and two runners-up as an anthology, but we may publish fewer.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw work without delay if it is placed elsewhere.
  • The short list will be announced mid-February.
  • The winning manuscripts will be judged by H.K. Hummel, and will be published Fall 2018.

Email questions to etaliapressbooks at gmail dot com, with the subject line “Neglected Histories of Arkansas Contest.” If the $10 reading fee presents a substantial financial hardship and is the only thing keeping you from submitting your work, please reach out to us via email and request a waiver of the fee.

H.K. Hummel is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and founding editor of Blood Orange Review. She is the author of Boytreebird and Handmade Boats, and co-author of Short-form Creative Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018).  Her poems have recently appeared in The Hudson Review, Meridian, Booth, and Iron Horse Review. Visit her website at