B-Published! B-Metro’s First-ever Fiction Writing Contest


Are you a writer, a storyteller, an avid reader? Have you ever dreamed of seeing your own written work published? Are you the next J.K. Rowling? Boy do we have news for you! We’re excited to announce B—Published, our first-ever fiction contest. It’s simple: We know you have stories, and we want you to share them.


Divisions and Prizes

There are three divisions: student (ninth–12th grade), college, and adult. There will be one winner selected from each division to receive a $500 cash prize, and the three winning pieces will be published in B-Metro’s January 2015 issue. B-Metro will also host a reading event where each winner will get the opportunity to share his or her story with an audience.


Rules and Entry

The contest will be judged by a panel of writers, wordsmiths, and literary geeks. The deadline for entry is Oct. 15, 2014. Entries can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to 1314 Cobb Lane, Birmingham, AL, 35205. See below for a list of contest rules.

1. Any works submitted to the B-Metro B—Published contest must be original content of the submitting writer and must be fiction.

2. No work that has been professionally published will be considered.

3. Submitted works must not exceed a 3,000-word limit.

4. No works submitted by writers, columnists, or persons otherwise affiliated with B-Metro will be considered.

5. Submitting authors must reside in Birmingham, Alabama, or surrounding area.

71 Responses to “B-Published! B-Metro’s First-ever Fiction Writing Contest”

  1. Mandy says:

    I assume you are only allowed one submission?

  2. Cindy Small says:

    Would love to enter your contest but I live in N. Alabama. May I submit? I am a member of Southern
    Women’s Writer Review Journal and just completed a reading with them this past weekend. Will that allow me to submit?

    Thanks so much
    Cindy Small

  3. Tiffany says:

    Is poetry allowed? If not, would love to see a poetry contest!

  4. John says:

    Can a person only submit 1 story?

  5. Brenda Lively says:

    How far out does “surrounding area” extend?

  6. Nicole says:

    I live in Montgomery. Does the Birmingham “or surrounding area” include Montgomery?

  7. Cindy Small says:

    I noticed the counties you are accepting submissions from and I live in Decatur, Alabama and work in Huntsville, AL. May I still submit?

    Thanks again,

  8. Hilda says:

    When you say the divisions are student, college, and adult – do you mean that to apply to the age of the writer who is submitting the work? Or the level of reader/audience? So for example, if I’m an adult writing a story targeted for pre teens, would I be submitting in adult or student division?

  9. Thomas Goldsmith says:

    Should the author’s name appear on the first page?

  10. George says:

    Will the judging process be blind (no author names)?

  11. K says:

    One of my stories has snippets of poetry between sections — is that allowed? They’re very small, and the story definitely cannot be considered anything but prose.

  12. Jonathan says:

    Are there any formatting requirements? Meaning, does the story have to be in a certain font type/size, have specific margins or specific headers? Also, do you care about types of attachments to the submission email? Do you even want it as an attachment or does it have to be in the body of the email?

    • B-Metro says:

      Jonathan–formatting does not matter, as if your story is published, we will re-format it for print. You can submit your story either in the body of an email or as an attachment. For attachments, we prefer something that can be edited (e.g. a word doc, but not a PDF.) Great questions!

  13. B says:

    Can you submit under a pseudonym?

  14. Julie says:

    Hello, I graduated from undergrad a year and a half ago. However, I’m currently enrolled in a writing class at UAB. Should I submit as an “adult” or a “student”? I’m not full-time at the university, so I really don’t know where I fall.

  15. Kim says:

    Hello, I have published a story in UAB Aura Lit Magazine, I was wondering if that was considered a professional publication? Also, are you looking for submissions closer to the 3,000 limit or flashfic (500 words or less)?

    • B-Metro says:

      Hi Kim–we are open to all story lengths, whether that be the full 3,000 words or something considerably shorter. As for being published in UAB Aura Lit Magazine, we recommend that you submit your story anyway, but please include the disclosure that your story has been in this publication. We will leave the decision to consider it or not up to our judging panel.

  16. Misty Corrales says:

    What information needs to be included on the submission? Any particular format requested?


  17. Mandy says:

    Is mild cursing for characterization allowed?

  18. Patientlee says:

    Where can I find the entries to read them? Thanks.

    • B-Metro says:

      Hi Patientlee–the entries will not be available for the public to read. We have a judging panel that will read all entries and select the winners. Thanks for your interest, though!

  19. Donna says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, I have one ? My story is combination of fiction and non fiction. May I submit?

  20. Kim says:

    Hey, I was wondering when the winners would be chosen and how will we know?

  21. Sean says:

    I neglected to indicate my division when I submitted my entry Oct. 15. I sent the division info to the contest email address last week, but wanted to direct y’all to that just in case it got lost among late entries.

  22. Emily says:

    Have you selected the winners yet?

  23. Steve says:

    How many stories were submitted to the contest?

  24. Sean says:

    still planning to publish some of these in jan.?

  25. Denise says:

    I am wondering if the winners have been contacted yet?

  26. SK says:

    Nervously awaiting the results!!!

  27. Sam says:

    Probably very repetitive to ask this, so I apologize: have the winners been announced yet? Saw the above posts… so I am curious

  28. Allison says:

    I realize the redundancy at this point, but have the winners been notified? A friend of mine entered and it has been very frustrating to hear that the results keep getting pushed back to the next month and the next. Not a great start for the first ever fiction writing contest.

    • B-Metro says:

      Allison–our winners have not yet been notified. Our judging panel is currently making their final decisions. We apologize that this has taken longer than expected; with so many quality entries, our judges are having a hard time choosing! Thanks for understanding.

  29. Allison says:

    Will you guys please post here when winners have been notified…just so those who entered know? Thanks!

  30. Ellie says:

    Not to be rude, but you are almost four months over the planned notification for winners. Is it actually going to be announced or has the whole contest just dissolved?

    • B-Metro says:

      Hi Ellie–we apologize again for the delay and assure you the contest is still on. While we had originally planned to publish the winners in January, we have had to push it back a few issues. The winning stories will now be published in our April 2015 issue (next month!). We appreciate your patience.

  31. Penelope says:

    I’m afraid to ask….PLEASE tell us the winners have been chosen/notified

    • B-Metro says:

      Penelope–the winning stories will be published in our April 2015 issue, and the winners will be notified by the end of the month. Thank you for your patience!

  32. PR says:

    Have the winners been announced yet? Haven’t yet received a rejection notice myself, so was wondering.

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