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Stories that need to be told

​​​​​​​​​​​​Stories That Need to Be Told: 

The Contest




LOVE, and a BONUS category

Deadline: August 26, 2018



There is only one category: the Story. There is truth in any story, and the reason you choose to tell a particular story may be the most important story of all. But, before I get too philosophical, here's the point: submissions should tell a story. It doesn't matter if you consider it fiction, nonfiction, or poetry--if it tells a story, it fits. 


Grand Prize: $1,000 

Five additional prizes of $200 will be given for stories that excel in the merits of Humor, Passion, Depth, and (any form of) Love. An additional $200 prize will be awarded in a wild card category, to be determined by the entries. We'll call this one the Bonus category.

Additionally, winners and Honorable Mentions will be published in and receive a free copy of the annual Stories That Need to Be Told anthology.

Word Limit 

  • 10,000 words

Entry Fee

  • $20 per entry. That includes $20 per poem (because every entry has the potential to win the same cash prizes).

  • There is no limit on the number of times you may enter. If you withdraw your entry as noted below, the entry fee is nonrefundable.

August 26, 2018

Announcing the Winners

The 2018 shortlist will be posted on this page by October 1st. The winners and Honorable Mentions will be contacted and posted on this page by October 5th. All entrants will also receive an email notification when these have been posted.

The Anthology

The estimated release date of the Stories That Need to Be Told 2018 anthology is November 1st.

Reprints and Simultaneous Submissions

  • ​​Entries for these contests should be previously unpublished material (or previously published in a journal or anthology with fewer than 500 copies printed, and you must own the copyright).
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay, but if your work is accepted elsewhere it is up to you to notify us. In the event you withdraw your submission, the entry fee is nonrefundable. 


Legal Stuff

By entering the contest you are stating and agreeing that (1) the work is your own original work, (2) no one else owns the rights to publish said work, and (3) if you are one of the winners of a cash prize, you grant TulipTree Publishing, LLC (TulipTree) the right to publish said work, unless you withdraw your work prior to TulipTree's announcement of winners.  

TulipTree does not retain rights to your work after we publish it. 

How to Format Your Entry

  • Entries should be in .doc or .docx format (Mac Pages is okay, too) and the title of the document should be the title of your story.

  • Prose entries should be in standard industry format: 12 pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins.
  • Poetry format should be 12 pt TNR, but line spacing and margins are open style.
  • Include your name, mailing address, email address, and title on the first page of your story (no separate cover sheet needed).

How to Enter

  1. Purchase your entry fee via PayPal below or mail your payment to TulipTree Publishing, PO Box 723, Canon City, CO 81215. Please note in your submission email that you are paying by mail. Note that even if you mail in your payment, you should still email your submission. 

  2. Email your entry as an attachment to contests@tuliptreepub.com. You will receive a confirmation email when your entry has been received and logged into our system.  


Past Winners

2017 Winners
GRAND PRIZE: Mary's Story by Georgia Baddley

PASSION: Le Château Possoniere by Mario René Padilla
​DEPTH: No Superhero by Lisa Poff
​HUMOR: Beats by Jon Shorr
LOVE: Annotated Love Letter by Alexander Joseph
​BONUS: Run Amok by Laura Eddy

​A Bus Poem, Cameron Moore
A Monster’s Eulogy, Rekha Rangan
An Inconvenient Death, Gabriella Buckner
Daddy's Tears, Jacob Paul Patchen
Dangerous Fish Days, Robert Hambling Davis
Dear Demeter, Audrey Larkin
Disrupting History, Mariya Taher
Eight Steps Down, Steven Fromm
Freddy, Julie Dearborn
Getting Our Flickers, Nick Swartz
Heroes, Calvin Hennick
I Told You Not to Move, Allison Flom
Jay, Will Schick
Lovers Last Journey, Bob Blake
Naturally, Mika Hunter
Pobrecito, Nina Joy Silver
Strato-Christmas '66, Jimmy Searles
The Corner of My Heart, Victoria Sylvander 

A Bruise on the Soul, Deborah Sebring
A Bus Poem, Cameron Moore
A Monster's Eulogy, Rekha Rangan
An Inconvenient Death, Gabriella Buckner
Annotated Love Letter, Alexander Joseph
Augustly, Paula Bonnell
Beats, Jon Shorr
Being a Lady Is Boring; Being a Man Is Hard, Shanteé Felix 
Beyond Fear, Terilynn Mitchell
Bittersweet, Robin Jeffrey 
Connections, Nina J. Silver
Daddy's Tears, Jacob Paul Patchen
Dangerous Fish Days, Robert Hambling Davis
Dear Demeter, Audrey Larkin
Disrupting History, Mariya Taher
Down River, Rachael Brooks
Eight Steps Down, Steven Fromm
Flitter Mouse, Suzannah Dalzell
Freddy, Julie Dearborn
General Adult Unit, Sarah Kaeppel
Getting Our Flickers, Nick Swartz
Girls Kissing Girls, Shawn Steinig
Going Through Old Boxes I Find, David Zumwalt
Hallelujah, Ingrid Wendt
Harvesting Love and Failure, Lisa Richards
Heroes, Calvin Hennick
Hologram, Nayantara Roy
I Remember, Nancy Christie
I Told You Not to Move, Allison Flom
I Too Forgive but I Don't Forget, Saloma Furlong
In Fruiting Which Is Dying Is Made Seed, Tina Barr
In the Land of Enchantment, Kelli Sullivan
Invertebrate, Socorro de Luca
It's Woven in the Fabric, Beatrice Flowers
Jay, Will Schick
Jorge's Notebook, John P. Loonam
Le Possonniere, Mario Rene Padilla
​Liar Liar, Karen Kent
Lovers' Last Journey, Bob Blake
man-ic, Tom Simpson
Mary's Story, Georgia Baddley
Nadia, Christine Evans
Naturally, Mika Hunter
No Superhero, Lisa Poff
Nurse Log for a Seattle Hooker, Deirdre Hare Jacobson
Ode to the Mangrove, Daniel James
Olive Peach Jars, Josy Fox
Paining a Body, Midori Evans
People Who Live on an Island, Rachel A.G. Gilman
Please Charlie Will You Throw Them Away, Liz Glodek
Please Keep Your Eyes on the Lady in the Center Ring, Jennifer Lubinski
Probecito, Nina Joy Silver
Precipice, J.L. Cooper
Professor Donaldson on Marriage, Sally K Donaldson
Pseudonymous, Juilene Osborne-McKnight
Radio Sodom, John Steciuk
Run Amok, Laura Harris
Saturday, Sasha Litvinov
Scoop of Hope, Lisa Poff
Shadow of Death in Cambodia, Mag Dimond
Sounds of Lake Quannapowitt, Susan Berardi
Stepping Stones, Stephen O’Shea
Strato-Christmas '66, Jimmy E. Searles
Sweatshop, Bracha N. Bomze
The Builder, David Endre Feaman
The Corner of My Heart, Victoria Sylvander
The Dangerous Man, R W Jaeger 
The Demise of the Westside, Phillitia Charlton 
The Fifth Grade, Charlie Jones
The God Dog, Robert M. Temple
The Great Equalizer, Joshua F. Meyer
The Listing, Bob McDonnell
The Love of a Sister, Peggy Park
The Miracles of Walter--the Last Medicine Man, Lange Allen
The Resistance, John Schneider
The Shape of a Woman, Shannon Thrace
The Spider, Stefan Mattessich
The Wire Walker in His Mind, Grant Carriker
Turbulence, Maja Zmyslowski
Wednesday's Child, Lones Seiber 
Wilderland, Mario Rene Padilla


2016 Winners

GRAND PRIZE: Mending, by Enid Harlow


HUMOR: Alumni, by Michael Fischer
PASSION: Mr. Thoughtful, by Christopher Spencer
​LOVE: A Very Special Occasion, by Ana Maria Owusu
DEPTH: Ictal Life (A Song for Epilepsy), by Brandon Ellis

A Baseball Lesson, by Mark J. Rogovin
A Beer in Bastille, by Kenneth John Holt
A Dream Contact, by Jeffrey Michael Nabity
A Place You Love, by Lones Seiber
A Very Special Occasion, by Ana Maria Owusu
Affliction, by Demarra Gardner
Alumni, by Michael Fischer
An Adulterous Meeting, by Jeremy King
Apotropaic, by Kendall Klym
Brave, by Stephanie L. Harper
Bunny Swung the Axe at Charlie, by Harry Beach
Chucky’s in Tucson, by Brant Vickers
Closing the Door, by Marianna Crane
Confession, by Patricia Hawley
Daniel My Brother, by Michael Twist
David and the River, by J.P. Dunlap
Downtown Loop, by Aleksandra Konstantinovic
Dream Job, by Kathy Doherty
Dreams and Other Sleights of Hand, by Michelle Perez
Duke, by Rochelle Theo Pienn
His Super Bowl Our Struggle, by John J. McLaughlin
Hot Lips, by Cynthia Walker
How Separate Are We? Witnessing India, by Mag Dimond
How to Live the Rest of Your Life in 100 Days, by Elias Renaud
I Was a Brave Rifle, by Pierre Epstein
Ictal Life ( A Song for Epilepsy), by Brandon Ellis
In the Time of Water, by Mario René Padilla
It Seems Like It Should, by Kerime B. Toksu
Keeper of the Gate, by Mario René Padilla
Let’s Just Have the Goddamn Leftover Ziti and Be Done with It, by Tonya Malinowski
Loss, by Joan Graham
Lucky AKA Evolution of Standards, by Amyen Evert
Mending, by Enid Harlow
Mr. Thoughtful, by Christopher Spencer
My Chair Awaits, by Otis Sprow
My Father Wants I Should Know, by Jean Ende
On Being a Jellyfish, by Samuel L. Rubinstein
Only a Nurse, by Israela Margalit
Solitary Grace, by Beka Tuitasi (Beth Witrogen)
The Cure, by Cynthia Walker
The Drink, by V. P. Loggins
The Randall Knife, by Morgan Smith
The Swing, by Lisa Poff
The Tapering Path, by Stephanie Daugherty
The Tunnel, by Courtney Prather
Ties That Bind, by Michael Twist
Tumors Humors, by Beverley Catlett
When I Find You Close, by Amy S. Lerman
Wiley's Shark, by S. G. Fromm

2015 Winners
1st: Africa Weeping, by Jerry Eckert, posthumous
2nd: Love Underground, by Andrew Jack Foster ~ Glasgow, UK
3rd: These Are the Things, by Chris Connolly ~ Booterstown, Ireland

Honorable Mentions
Labor Day, by Darla Klein ~ Clearwater, FL
Meant to Be, by Monica Vickers ~ Florence, AZ
This Is for Keeps, by Molly Steen ~ Sylva, NC
So Many Rivers, by Sandra McGarry ~ Fort Collins, CO
Peas and Queues, by Richard Key ~ Dothan, AL​
My Dad, Sandy, and the Tri-Pacer, by ​​William J. McIlwain ~ Morganton, NC
​Kinky and Gruen, by Diane Simkin ~ Del Mar, CA

Look for their stories in the Winter issue of TulipTree Review!