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We are excited to announce our inaugural The Bird in Your Hands Prize: a contest that centers and celebrates BIPOC voices. This is a no-fee contest accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in any form under 500 words. The winner of the contest will be awarded $500, published in Thin Air Magazine, and interviewed for Thin Air Online. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (MST) on Tuesday, December 1.

This contest is open to new, upcoming, and established BIPOC writers alike. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, and we carry no expectations for the content or tone of submissions. All submitted works must be previously unpublished.

The judge for this year's contest is Jake Skeets. Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize, a Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Award. He is from the Navajo Nation and teaches at Diné College.

Formatting Specifications:

Please use Times New Roman, 12pt., double-spaced, 1 inch margins for all submissions except poetry, which should remain single-spaced.

Please include page numbers and a word count at the top of your manuscript.

Please do not put your name in your manuscript.

If unique formatting is critical to the submission, you may upload it as is (but please note that we may have to collaborate to translate your formatting onto the physical restraints of our pages).

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.