Here are the general guidelines for our open reading periods:

Gigantic Sequins accepts all genres of writing. Gigantic Sequins also accepts black & white art in any medium except photography. See specific guidelines for each category below. We accept simultaneous submissions under the condition that the contributor lets us know immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere. If you need only to withdraw a part of your submission but not the whole, detailed instructions for a partial withdraw can be found here. Proofread your work prior to submission. Please only submit once per submission period--in one genre. 

Gigantic Sequins retains First Serial rights to publish the accepted material. After publication, all rights revert back to the author. We pay in one copy of the journal your work appears in.

Please visit our website for FAQ, advice on submitting to us, & more.

10th Annual Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines:

  • You may submit up to three poems per entry. Please put all three poems in the same file attachment. 
  • If you wish to submit any additional poems, you must submit again with an additional $5.00 fee per three.
  • Please do not put your name anywhere within the attached file containing your work. Any attached file that contains the contestant's name will not be considered. 
  • Previously published work is not eligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted but must be withdrawn immediately from the contest if accepted elsewhere. We do not prefer simultaneous submissions to our contests, but we allow them. Do not withdraw your entire submission unless all work included has been accepted elsewhere.

Prizes: 

About the Judging Process:  The Gigantic Sequins editors will select  finalists from the contest entries. ​This year's judge, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, will choose the winner. Winners and finalists will be announced no later than September 2021. Do not query until after that time. 

Further Info:

  • If you have a disability that prevents you from interacting with the Submittable interface, we will accept submissions via email. If this is true for you, please email us your entry during the open contest period, and we will coordinate payment from there.
  • Friends, family, and students (current and former) of the judges are not eligible. Please do not submit if you know the judges personally or if they might recognize your work.
  • All contest entries will be considered for publication in our next issue, GS 13, debuting in 2022. You may choose to add on a copy of our print journal that features the winning work when you submit this form.

 10th Annual Flash Fiction Contest Submission Guidelines:

  • You may submit up to three works of flash fiction per entry. Please put all three in the same file attachment. Our definition of a work of flash fiction is a piece of fictional writing that is 1000 words or less.
  • If you wish to submit any additional work, you must submit again with an additional $5.00 fee per three.
  • Please do not put your name anywhere within the attached file containing your work. Any attached file that contains the contestant's name will not be considered.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted but must be withdrawn immediately from the contest if accepted elsewhere. We do not prefer simultaneous submissions to our contests, but we allow them. Do not withdraw your entire submission unless all work included has been accepted elsewhere.

Prizes:

About the Judging Process:  The Gigantic Sequins editors will select  finalists from the contest entries. ​This year's judge, Genevieve Hudson, will choose the winner. Winners and finalists will be announced no later than September 2021. Do not query until after that time.

Further Info:

  • If you have a disability that prevents you from interacting with the Submittable interface, we will accept submissions via email. If this is true for you, please email us your entry during the open contest period, and we will coordinate payment from there.
  • Friends, family, and students (current and former) of the judges are not eligible. Please do not submit if you know the judges personally or if they might recognize your work.
  • All contest entries will be considered for publication in our next issue, GS 13, debuting in 2022. You may choose to add on a copy of our print journal that features the winning work when you submit this form.

***PLEASE USE THIS FORM IF YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED A SPONSORSHIP BY GS/THROUGH OUR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM. If someone has paid you directly to enter, please use the other Poetry Contest form.***

Sponsorship Information

  • GS is committed to sponsoring 25 entries this year for BIPOC &/or trans writers. We are also offering an option in our fee structure within the (other) contest entry forms for people to sponsor any writer-in-need who can't afford the $5 entry fee.
  • We are accepting sponsorship requests from those who fulfill the above criteria. We will deliver sponsorships to the first 25 BIPOC &/or trans writers, and use the Submittable sponsored payments towards funding anyone else filling out the form who is in need at this time.
  • Please fill out this Google Form if you would like to request to be sponsored. If you do not have a code from us, you must pay the fee and use the other forms to enter our 10th annual contest. We TRULY hope to be able to accommodate everyone requesting a sponsorship, but we do not know if we will be able to. 
  • We will be granting sponsored entries on a first-come-first-serve basis and will close our organizing of sponsorships one week before the contests end. This way, if we have more people requesting to be sponsored than we do sponsors, writers can know in advance before the contest deadline. Sponsored writers will have until the end of the contest period to submit their work. 
  • If you are paid directly by someone sponsoring you, please use the poetry contest and flash fiction contest forms (so, not this one) and pay the fee there. 
  • See the contests page on our website for more information.

10th Annual Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines:

  • You may submit up to three poems per entry. Please put all three poems in the same file attachment.
  • If you wish to submit any additional poems, you must submit again with an additional $5.00 fee per three.
  • Please do not put your name anywhere within the attached file containing your work. Any attached file that contains the contestant's name will not be considered.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted but must be withdrawn immediately from the contest if accepted elsewhere. We do not prefer simultaneous submissions to our contests, but we allow them. Do not withdraw your entire submission unless all work included has been accepted elsewhere.

Prizes:

About the Judging Process:  The Gigantic Sequins editors will select  finalists from the contest entries. ​This year's judge, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, will choose the winner. Winners and finalists will be announced no later than September 2021. Do not query until after that time.

Further Info:

  • If you have a disability that prevents you from interacting with the Submittable interface, we will accept submissions via email. If this is true for you, please email us your entry during the open contest period, and we will coordinate payment from there.
  • Friends, family, and students (current and former) of the judges are not eligible. Please do not submit if you know the judges personally or if they might recognize your work.
  • All contest entries will be considered for publication in our next issue, GS 13, debuting in 2022
  • All work submitted to the contests will also be considered for publication in GS issue 13.

***PLEASE USE THIS FORM IF YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED A SPONSORSHIP BY GS/THROUGH OUR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM. If someone has paid you directly to enter, please use the other Poetry Contest form.***

Sponsorship Information

  • GS is committed to sponsoring 25 entries this year for BIPOC &/or trans writers. We are also offering an option in our fee structure within the (other) contest entry forms for people to sponsor any writer-in-need who can't afford the $5 entry fee.
  • We are accepting sponsorship requests from those who fulfill the above criteria. We will deliver sponsorships to the first 25 BIPOC &/or trans writers, and use the Submittable sponsored payments towards funding anyone else filling out the form who is in need at this time.
  • Please fill out this Google Form if you would like to request to be sponsored. If you do not have a code from us, you must pay the fee and use the other forms to enter our 10th annual contest. We TRULY hope to be able to accommodate everyone requesting a sponsorship, but we do not know if we will be able to.
  • We will be granting sponsored entries on a first-come-first-serve basis and will close our organizing of sponsorships one week before the contests end. This way, if we have more people requesting to be sponsored than we do sponsors, writers can know in advance before the contest deadline. Sponsored writers will have until the end of the contest period to submit their work.
  • If you are paid directly by someone sponsoring you, please use the poetry contest and flash fiction contest forms (so, not this one) and pay the fee there.
  • See the contests page on our website for more information.

10th Annual Flash Fiction Contest Submission Guidelines:

  • You may submit up to three works of flash fiction per entry. Please put all three in the same file attachment. Our definition of a work of flash fiction is a piece of fictional writing that is 1000 words or less.
  • If you wish to submit any additional work, you must submit again with an additional $5.00 fee per three.
  • Please do not put your name anywhere within the attached file containing your work. Any attached file that contains the contestant's name will not be considered.
  • Previously published work is not eligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted but must be withdrawn immediately from the contest if accepted elsewhere. We do not prefer simultaneous submissions to our contests, but we allow them. Do not withdraw your entire submission unless all work included has been accepted elsewhere.

Prizes:

About the Judging Process:  The Gigantic Sequins editors will select  finalists from the contest entries. ​This year's judge, Genevieve Hudson, will choose the winner. Winners and finalists will be announced no later than September 2021. Do not query until after that time.

Further Info:

  • If you have a disability that prevents you from interacting with the Submittable interface, we will accept submissions via email. If this is true for you, please email us your entry during the open contest period, and we will coordinate payment from there.
  • Friends, family, and students (current and former) of the judges are not eligible. Please do not submit if you know the judges personally or if they might recognize your work.
  • All contest entries will be considered for publication in our next issue, GS 13, debuting in 2022
  • All work submitted to the contests will also be considered for publication in GS issue 13.

*IMPORTANT* Files must be at least 300 dpi. Artists should consider that gigantic sequins is a 6'' by 7'' black and white publication. Please specify the size of the art/comics in inches on the page. If it is larger than 6'' by 7'' & we choose to print your work, we will readjust to fit the page; otherwise, we will print it at the size specified. If you have any questions, email us before submitting. The most common issue that we see are works that are not scanned at a high enough resolution to be printed clearly. Click here for more info on scanning.

Please upload 5-20 previously unpublished blank & white works of art. Please submit at least 5 pieces, as we generally feature only 1-3 artists per issue.

We also accept up to 5 comics per artist. We love comics, but please be aware of the dimensions of our journal.

Gigantic Sequins accepts simultaneous submissions as long as the artist lets us know immediately if their work has been accepted elsewhere. Artwork should not be in print elsewhere, but can be available at galleries or on the artist's personal website. We retain first serial rights that convert to the artist immediately upon publication. 

Gigantic Sequins does not print photography. Gigantic Sequins will print any other printable black & white artistic medium. Please specify your medium in the space available for a cover letter.

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