Salamander 2024 Fiction Contest

SUBMIT: May 1 through June 2, 2024 | READING FEE: $15


Salamander at AWP

Stop by and say hello to Salamander at the AWP Chicago bookfair - we've got prime real estate at table M23 in the Southeast Hall. Among the AWPsome benefits of swinging by the Salamander table:


  • admire our new issue 17.1 (nearly sold out!)
  • grab an adorable Salamander-festooned postcard to let the folks at home know how much fun you're having
  • and take advantage of our AWP subscription specials - just $19 for a two-year subscription!


If a 9300-person bookfair intimidates you in the slightest, you'll also find our editor-in-chief, poetry editor, and managing editor roaming the halls and rushing to these panels of interest:

On Being a Jewish Poet: Writing and Identity
(Thursday, 9:00)

In the 21st century, what does it mean to be a Jewish poet? What is a Jewish poem? Some Jewish poets resist a fixed Jewish identity. Jewishness for C. Bernstein is “a practice of dialogue... an openness to the unfolding performance of the everyday.” Others write poetry rooted in Jewish tradition. M.L. Rosenthal writes, “A Jewish poem is a poem written by a Jew.” Marina Tsvetaeva goes so far as to say, “Every poet is a Jew.” Five Jewish poets discuss how poetry relates to identity.

Barefoot, Pregnant, and at the Writer’s Desk: Managing Motherhood and the Writing Life
(Friday, noon)
To be or not to be a working mother? This panel considers the payoffs and the problems of writing through motherhood—or in choosing not to. These writing professionals at various stages of mothering share their personal experiences and wisdom. Is it possible to do it all? We’ll explore how to make time for writing and how to know when to set it aside, how to leave the market and still reenter it. How can we best make peace with life’s competing goals?

National Book Critics Circle Celebrates Award-Winning Authors
(Friday, 1:30)
A reading by Bonnie Jo Campbell (AWP Prize, 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Fiction), Jennifer Egan (2011 National Book Critics Circle and Pulitzer Prize in Fiction), Jane Smiley (1992 National Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize in Fiction), Darin Strauss (2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction), and Isabel Wilkerson (2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction and Pulitzer Prize Winner in Journalism).

AWP Public Reception and Dance Party.
A dance party with music by DJ Neza. Free beer and wine from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.



Deb Olin Unferth at Suffolk University
Reading: Siobhan Fallon and Elyse Fenton