Baily's Beads Launches Contest

Baily’s Beads, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s award-winning literary magazine, is seeking general submissions and sponsoring a contest open to students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages.

Contest winners’ entries will be published in a special section of the next Baily’s Beads. The directions are to write a piece of creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry of no more than 300 words incorporating the following words: A broken mask, a violin, neon lights, ashes, metallic, rustle.

Editors are looking for concrete imagery and sensory detail, focusing on “showing” the reader rather than “telling” through summary.

Submissions can be sent to by Friday, March 29. Writers should put “Prompt Contest” in the e-mail’s subject line and include a cover sheet with the author’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and genre of submission. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

The magazine also seeks general submissions of poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, graphic stories, memoir, travel writing, personal essays, plays and translations. Submissions are accepted year-round, but the magazine’s staff will consider all work submitted by March 29 for the next issue, which will be released next January.

General submissions should be accompanied by a cover sheet with the author’s name and contact information, but the author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.

Poetry should be single spaced, while prose should be double spaced. Writers may submit up to 20 pages to

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