Burnside Review chapbook contest

The Burnside Review fiction chapbook contest deadline approacheth…the prize includes $200 and 25 copies of the chapbook published by Burnside Review Press.

And here’s something interesting in the application rules:

We ask that former students or colleagues of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest’s judge—as well as any writer whose relationship with the judge constitutes an unfair conflict of interest—refrain from entering the contest. The Burnside Review staff reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed conflicts of interest and will return those entry fees.

The world of literary publishing and contests is small and insular, and has a long-standing reputation for cronyism.  Maybe I’m out of the loop, but I haven’t seen a lot of journals taking measures like this.  I’m glad to see it.  Good job, Burnside Review!

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