Our reading periods are September 15 - December 1 and January 1 - March 1. Please do not submit more than once per reading period.

We are now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translations, artwork and criticism, as well as any interesting combinations thereof, exclusively through our online submission manager. Submit one story, essay, set of (or link to) artwork, set of 3-5 poems, or set of 2-4 short short stories at a time, and please wait for our response before submitting again. While we do accept simultaneous submissions with notification if accepted elsewhere, we do not consider previously published work.

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Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 contest!

2013 Fiction Contest (Michael Martone, judge)

1st place: Kendall Klym, “The Dancing Plague”
2nd Place: Harry Leeds, “I Hate That Guy”
3rd place: Stuart Ross, “No Way to Paradise”

2013 Poetry Contest (Katrina Roberts, judge)

1st place: Anna Knowles, “Quilombo: on forgetting everything by morning”
2nd Place: Brent Goodman, "One Eye Will Never See The Other"
3rd place: Collin Garrity, "a triptych, one of them a salted peanut"


2014 Poetry and Fiction Contests
Puerto del Sol is excited to announce the 2014 Poetry and Fiction Contests. The Fiction Contest will be judged by Lydia Millet, Pulitzer Prize finalist for Love in Infant Monkeys and author most recently of Magnificence. The Poetry Contest will be judged by Sarah Vap, author of Arco Iris, which was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and the forthcoming book End of the Sentimental Journey.

The entry fee is $15, and includes a one-year subscription to Puerto del Sol. Fiction submissions are limited to one piece of no more than 10,000 words per entry. Poetry submissions are limited to three poems of no more than two pages per entry. Prizes for fiction and poetry will be $400 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third. The first-place manuscripts will be published in Puerto del Sol. All submissions will be considered for publication. Multiple submissions are allowed, with a fee of $15 for each additional submission. While we do accept simultaneous submissions with notification if accepted elsewhere, we do not consider previously published work.

The deadline for submission is March 15. The winners will be announced June 1.

All contest submissions and fees will be handled through our Submittable submission manager. Please e-mail us at with any technical questions or other concerns.

Each submission should use standard manuscript formatting. However, names and contact information should not be included in the submission.

Students or faculty who have attended or taught at New Mexico State University within the last five years are not eligible, and neither are close friends or former students of the judges.

CLMP Contest Ethics Code

CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:
1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors.
2) provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved.
3) make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically.

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