Submissions Window Open 10/15 - 11/15

Copper Nickel will accept submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry through November 15th, 2012, through our online submission manager, accessible at

Contest Winners!

Kevin Wilson has chosen Anne Valente's story "Amelia" as the winner of the 2012 Copper Nickel Fiction Contest. Wilson made special mention of Adam Sturtevant's "The Pretenders" and Sarah Gerkensmeyer's "My Husband's House." All three stories will appear, along with editors' selections Shabnam Nadiya's "And We Rise How We Rise" and Leslie Rakowicz's "Celia" in issue 18 of Copper Nickel which will arrive in mailboxes in late October.

Paisley Rekdal has chosen Tarfia Faizullah's poem "Reading Célan at the Liberation War Museum" as the winner of the 2012 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest. Wilson made special mention of David J. Daniels's "Danny Starr: A Lament." These poems will appear, along with poems by finalists Maud Poole, George Kalamaras, Anna Claire Hodge, Ansel Elkins, Kristing Robertson, and John Hoppenthaler in issue 18 of Copper Nickel.

Stories by fiction finalists Robin McLean, Mary Switalski, Kate Reed, and Lynn Grant will appear in Copper Nickel 19 in the Spring. Look for work by finalists Delaney Nolan in Hobart and Tasha Matsumoto in Black Warrior Review.

Contest Update
The finalists of the poetry contest have been notified, and we will post the titles of the finalists here on Monday, at which time all the entrants of the poetry contest will receive a response by e-mail.

The fiction contest is in its semifinal judging phase, and we hope to notify the finalists by this time next week.
Contest Finalists To Be Announced June 8th

We're working feverishly to identify the finalists to be sent to our guest judges. We should be able to announce our selections by next Friday, June 8th. Check back here for the announcement.

Contest Deadline Extended

Thanks to all who've entered thus far. We're having such a great time reading these entries, we're going to extend the deadline to April 30th (11:59PM) in case anyone's still working to put an entry together.

Copper Nickel @ AWP

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2012 Contests Now Open


Copper Nickel is pleased to announce its third annual contests in poetry and fiction are now accepting entries.

Writers may submit work for consideration with a $15 entry fee. Each entrant gets a one-year (two issue) subscription. The submission window for entries opens on February 21 and closes on April 21, 2012. Full details available at

The poetry contest will be judged by Paisley Rekdal, author of The Invention of the Kaleidoscope. The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Copper Nickel 18 in Fall 2012.

The fiction contest will be judged by Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang. The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Copper Nickel 18 in Fall 2012.

CN17 now available

Issue 17 is now here.

Featuring work by contest winners Pedro Ponce and Ruth Awad and 200 pages of goodness by Jeffery Bahr, Zeina Hashem Beck, Mark Jay Brewin, Jr., Brian Brodeur, Sarah Burke, Rick Bursky, Caroline Cahill, Paul Robert Chesser, George David Clark, Martha Collins, Jazzy Danziger, Michelle M. Regalado Deatrick, Angie Decola, CJ Evans, Gina R. Evers, Sarah Giragosian, Chris Haven, Joshua R. Helms, Ailish Hopper, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Anastas Kapurani, L. S. Klatt, Franz Knupfer, Eva Konstantopoulos, Jason Koo, Ross Losapio, Wayne Miller, Matthew Minicucci, Matt Moore, Brian D. Morrison, Jacob Newberry, Kathryn Nuernberger, Emilia Phillips, Craig Reinbold, Mark Rice, Corinna McClanahan Schroeder, Danielle Shutt, Douglas Silver, Corey Van Landingham, Chet Weise, David Welch, Cori A. Winrock, and Moikom Zeqo.

Available for only $10 postpaid here.

Steve Kistulentz at Barrelhouse

The folks over at Barrelhouse are presenting "Bargain," a poem by Steve Kistulentz (CN16) complete with Steve's annotations. It's a great read, and the annotations include a shoutout to Copper Nickel, since our 16th issue contains his amazing essay "People Who Died," which see if you haven't yet...

Steve Langan's "A Report" (CN16) on Verse Daily today

We're very happy to see Steve Langan's poem, "A Report," from Copper Nickel 16 on Verse Daily today. Thanks again to Steve and to all the folks at Verse Daily for helping this poem circulate.

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Jeffrey Schultz (CN16) Featured on Poetry Daily 11/18 + CN16 on Sale by Web
We hope you'll join us this coming Friday (11/18) to celebrate Jeffrey Schultz's poem, "The Soul as Kaczynski," from Copper Nickel 16, in its appearance on Poetry Daily. In the meantime, note that we've been able to get our Paypal buttons working again, so you can order a copy of…
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Congratulations to Nicky Beer
We generally don't toot our own horns, but we wanted to take a moment for a personal note, congratulating editor Nicky Beer, whose book The Diminishing House, was named the winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award in Poetry late last month. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, you…
Poetry Contest Winner, Honorable Mentions, and Finalists
We've received final judge Kevin Prufer's selections, and we're happy to announce that the winner of the 2011 Copper Nickel contest in poetry is Ruth Awad for her poem "Kata Doksa." Prufer named four poems as Honorable Mentions: Jeffrey Bahr's "Note to the Newly Lost" Corinna Schroeder's "On the Last…
Wayne Miller and CN15 on Poetry Daily Today
For fans of Wayne Miller or for those who haven't yet picked up a copy of CN15, you can check out Wayne's poem, "Post-Elegy" at Poetry Daily today.…

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