2020 Arts Competition

Have you ever thought about antimatter?

Our inaugural arts competition is centred on the stimulus of 'antimatter', inspired by the mind map our editors composed!

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Note: Our submission window has now closed. The winners and finalists will be published in the competition issue on the 7th of October. Below you can find a list of the shortlisted entries. This list will be reprinted in full in the published issue.


  1. Jim Alabaster – The Sugar Line  
  2. Josh Allsop – Saprophage (No Panacea at Tjentište)
  3. Heather Bourbeau – Gravity
  4. Brian Cordell – What I Think When I Think About Sleep
  5. Randall Couch & Joel Katz– Two Feet
  6. Samantha Cramer – Relativity
  7. Frances Gapper – Island Love 
  8. Richard Halperin – The Other Helen
  9. Mark Henderson – Wiglaf
  10. Michael Howarth – Clarity In The Mist
  11. Carrie Jewell – Windowsill
  12. Robert Keeler – Heading Into Winter
  13. Deborah Kelly – PostCards to Ilya Kaminsky
  14. Gurupreet Khalsa – Alignment
  15. Kip Knott – Petrichor
  16. Virna Koutla – Square Mythologies
  17. Chris Lee – The Ambassador
  18. Georgia San Li – What My Father Tells Me
  19. Rafael Mahdavi – Death, Resurrection, And Renewal
  20. Mike McClelland – Witchbirth  
  21. Antonio Melloni – The Realms of Heaven
  22. Daniel Olivieri – A U B
  23. Grethel Ramos – Talking To Someone At The Bar
  24. Daniel Schiff – Persist Like The Flowing Of This River
  25. Clifford Venho – For A Moment  

Useful Information

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Submission Guidelines

A single submission can include either:

(a) 1 piece of prose (fiction or non-fiction) of up to 5000 words
(b) Up to 5 poems (up to 300 lines in total); up to 5 visual art projects (1 photograph/project); up to 5 photographs; or up to 5 musical pieces (up to 40 minutes in total)
(c) A combination of up to five pieces of the forms stipulated in (b).

NB: For Visual Arts, Photography & Music, we require a 100-150 word ‘caption’ outlining your thoughts and motivations for each of the up to five pieces you submit


The top 3 entries will receive prizes of: $400, $200 and $100 respectively.

The top 10 finalists will have their work published in a special competition issue.

The top 25 pieces will receive an honourable mention on our website.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2020.

Shortlist Announced: September 21, 2020.

Finalists & Winners Announced: October 7, 2020.

Meet our Judges

Our editorial team will be in charge of the first stage of judging, and will then pass on the reins to an external panel of seasoned judges, all of whom are leading figures in their fields. The diversity in occupations mirrors the multidisciplinarity of our submissions, ensuring each piece is given due and knowledgeable consideration.

Alecos Papadatos

Alecos Papadatos is a Greek comic artist, illustrator and animator. He is best known for his work on Logicomix (Bloomsbury) and Democracy (Bloomsbury), which have been translated in over 30 languages, and topped the New York Times Best Seller list. He is now working on a new graphic novel based on the life of Aristotle, to be published by Dargaud and also teaches masterclasses and holds workshops on storyboarding, animation and comics’ design in Greece, Turkey, Poland, France and England.

Polly Barton

Polly Barton is a translator of Japanese literature and non-fiction, currently based in Bristol. She has translated short stories for Words Without Borders, The White Review and Granta. Her full-length translations include Friendship for Grown-ups by Naocola Yamazaki and Mikumari by Misumi Kubo (both Strangers Press) and Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki (Pushkin Press). She won the 2020 PEN Short Story Prize, as well as the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize. She is currently working on a non-fiction book titled Fifty Sounds (Fitzcarraldo Editions).

Katerina Karidi

Katerina Karidi is the lead publisher at The Ikaros Publishing Company, the exclusive publisher of Greek Nobel laureates in Literature, George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis. Since its inception, Ikaros has housed dozens of National Book Award winners, and has launched the careers of some of Greece's greatest contemporary poets, writers and thinkers. Most recently, she has published and edited translated editions of work by: George Saunders, Colm Toibin, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Hannah Kent.

Ready to Submit?

Head over to our Submittable page and send us your take on the stimulus of antimatter!