Please use the appropriate categories and instructions below to upload your submissions.

Send an email to submissions@phren-z.org if you have questions.

Ends on September 1, 2017$15.00
$15.00
The 6th Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Contest will open on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Submissions will be accepted through midnight on September 1, 2017.

Prize: $1,000

The contest is open to ALL poets over the age of 18 living anywhere.

You may submit one original, unpublished poem of up to two pages.

This year's judge is Ellen Bass. The winner will be selected in October and notified by November 1. The winner will be invited to read the winning poem at the 8th Annual Morton Marcus Poetry Reading held at UCSC in mid-November.

Please submit your work online only, as HARD COPY SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Submit one story or self-contained novel excerpt up to 3,000 words, double-spaced. For flash fiction under 500 words, submit up to three stories in a single document.

Quarterly submissions are only open to residents of Santa Cruz County.

Submit up to three poems, in a single document, formatted the way you’d like them to appear.

Quarterly submissions are only open to residents of Santa Cruz County.

Submit personal essays, writing tips, reviews of books and films. We’re particularly interested in pieces that highlight writing and life in Santa Cruz—and the intersection between the two. Maximum length is 3,000 words, double-spaced.


Quarterly submissions are only open to residents of Santa Cruz County.

Submit up to 10 pages, standard format.

Quarterly submissions are only open to residents of Santa Cruz County.