La Piccioletta Barca Prize 2024

La Piccioletta Barca



La Piccioletta Barca is a publication dedicated to pushing the boundaries of text, resisting the constraints of traditional form, and playing with the borders of artistic disciplines. For our second LPB Prize, our theme is AMORPHOUS. We invite creators of any art form to submit any textual or visual work in response to the prompt, that overlaps, twists and/or grapples with fluidity and freedom.

Mind map of the Competition by Georgina Castagneto

Each author or visual artist can submit an unlimited number of entries. Each work is $10 per submission and the submission fee is non-refundable. To encourage early submissions, the fee will be raised to $15 between February 1st to February 15th. The three editors-in-chief of La Piccioletta Barca (Micaela Brinsley, Eponine Howarth, and Ignacio Oliden) will read all submissions blindly and select a shortlist of 10 pieces. The shortlist will then be passed to the judge of the competition, Lucy Mercer, who will select a winner and two runners-up.

We offer cash prizes for the winner and runners-up. Further, all of our shortlisted writers will be published on our website and their work promoted on our social media.

Submission Guidelines

- The LPB Prize is awarded to an original work of text under 2,000 words or a work of visual art
- No translations are accepted
- Submissions are read blind
- Texts should be submitted in .pdf or .docx format upon payment of the entry fee, without mention of the author(s) within the document title


December 15th - February 15th (midnight): Submission Window
March 1st: Shortlist Announcement
March 15th: Announcement of Winner


1st Prize: $300

Runner Up (x2): $100 each


Lucy Mercer's first poetry collection Emblem (Prototype, 2022) was a Poetry Book Society Choice. She was awarded the White Review Poet's Prize and her writing has appeared in Poetry Review, Granta, Art Review, LA Review of Books, The White Review and others. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, and with Livia Franchini, the co-editor of the Royal Society of Literature-funded publication and podcast Too Little / Too Hard. She lives in London.

Check out the Archive for the 2020 LPB Inaugural Competition on ANTIMATTER.

Graphic design by Georgina Castagneto.

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