|Sfumato sponsors seven Chapbook contests.
Each contest is based around a theme and the
collection of work which fits a particular theme will be published
in a limited edition.
Themes are based on the essential elements of genius:
Curiosita: An insatiably curious approach to life.
Dimonstratzione: A commitment to test knowledge through experience.
Sensazione: The continual refinement of the senses, especially
sight, as the means to clarify experience.
Sfumato: A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and
Arte/Scienza: The development of the balance between science
and art, logic and imagination ("whole-brain thinking").
Corporalita: The cultivation of ambidexterity, fitness, and
Connessione: A recognition and appreciation for the connectedness
of all things and phenomena; "systems thinking."
The contests are an open submission format, annually for the best collection
of poetry, short stories, novel excerpt, or work of literary nonfiction by
a new or emerging writer.
Notices of the awards, citing the winner's name and the title and genre of
the winning pieces, will be placed in prominent literary periodicals. Each
winner will also be cited in an ongoing listing on SFUMATO. The chapbook
prizes will be given to the work aligned with each theme by a new or emerging
writer, as judged by the magazine's editors and guest judges.
Submissions by new and emerging writers are eligible for the chapbook contests,
and we accept submissions year round. For further information, please read
our Submission Guidelines.