General Submission Guidelines

Quarter After Eight is devoted to the exploration of innovative writing. We accept submissions in any genre from new and established writers.

  • General submissions are online only through our submission manager.
  • Our reading period is October 15 to April 15.
  • Submit three short works – poetry, prose poetry, flash fiction, micro essay, etc. – or one longer work.
  • Excerpts from novels or memoirs are acceptable if they are self-contained.
  • Double-space prose longer than a page. Poetry can be single- or double-spaced.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us promptly if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Include your name and email address on every page of your submission.
  • Response time varies, but we will do our best to respond to submissions within 3 months.
  • To submit your work and for more directions on submitting visit our submission manager homepage.

  • 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest Guidelines

    Deadline Extended! Submit by December 5th.

    Prize: $1,000 + Publication
    Judge: Dinty W. Moore
    Submission Deadline: December 5, 2014

  • Submit up to three previously unpublished pieces of 500 words or fewer. Send us your best prose poems, short-short stories, micro-essays, etc. The only requirement is that it is 500 words or fewer.
  • The entry fee is $15 for three pieces and includes a complimentary one-year subscription to the journal.
  • Include a title page with your address, phone number, and the title(s) of your submission.
  • All entries will be considered for publication in Quarter After Eight.
  • About this year's judge: Dinty W. Moore is author of the forthcoming collection of humorous essays, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: On Life, Love, Cannibals, Truth in Nonfiction, and the Imminent Polar Bear Apocalypse (Random House/Ten Speed 2015), as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, tweet-bird peppers, and edible dandelions. More info at

  •   We accept online entries to the contest through our submission manager. We will also continue to accept contest submissions by mail.

    Online Submissions:
    STEP ONE: Payment
    Submit the $15 contest fee for three pieces through our online marketplace using a credit card. Add the 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest to your cart. You will be emailed a confirmation of your payment and a receipt number. You will need this to complete your submission.

    STEP TWO: Submit
    Submit up to three pieces as one document through our online submission manager. Be sure to submit to the genre "2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest." In the comments section please include your payment receipt number. Online submissions without a receipt number will be not be considered.

    Online submissions close at 8:15 pm EST on December 5th. Submissions received after this time will not be considered.

    Postal Submissions:
    Mail entries to:

    Quarter After Eight
    Ohio University
    360 Ellis Hall
    Athens, OH 45701

    Make checks payable to Quarter After Eight.
    Submissions must be postmarked on or before December 5th.

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