Sep 18, 2014

Announcing the Winner of the 2014 John Gardner Fiction Contest!

Our new issue is here! And that means we finally get to announce the winner of our 2014 John Gardner Fiction Contest. We run this contest in honor of John Gardner (1933-1982), author of fiction, a dramatist, and beloved professor here at Binghamton University.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their work for consideration. Without you, we wouldn't be able to function as a journal. Seriously.

Congratulations to Janet Schneider, whose work "The Positional Player" is the winning piece! She wins $500 and our admiration here at the journal. Take a look at the sneak peek of her work below.


Want to know how the story ends? Buy a copy for yourself!


Janet Schneider writes during the winter in Berkeley, CA and in Charlevoix, Michigan all summer long. Her fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in Traverse Magazine, Yourlifeisatrip.com, and Fishfoodandlavajuice.com. She received her MFA in fiction writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. When she’s not writing, she’s riding her bike.

You can buy the latest issue of Harpur Palate with Schneider's winning piece included via Submittable. While you're there, take a look at our submission guidelines and send us something yourself!

Congratulations again to our 2014 John Gardner Fiction Contest Winner, Janet Schneider!

Sep 16, 2014

14.1 Cover Artist Meredith Britt

We are so thrilled to have Meredith Britt's artwork for issue 14.1. Isn't it gorgeous?

Meredith Britt, "The Horses Return to Vaughn"

More about Britt in her own words:




I make art because it feels good and I don't know what else to do.

Painting, drawing, sculpting and making cut-paper collages occupies some of my creative energy. I’ve always done artwork, and I have made it my main focus. I have a bachelors in fine art from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I learn a lot about art just doing it. It's fulfilling, luxurious and necessary.

I was raised by yard gnomes under a tall train trestle in southern France who grew squash and beans in their back yard and studied Chekhov by candlelight. They taught me to speak, but I only remember a few words. Amoeba. Acupuncture. Anomalies. We didn't get past the As. I was a picky eater so they fed me pop tarts. I began making self-portraits from shiny objects, and wrote the pop tart cookbook, which is out of print.

Then one day a passing stranger in a donkey cart gave me a lift to the art supply store. I began to draw and paint. I took up finger puppets. People came from miles around. From that day on I worked backwards, carefully careless. I became the president of Harvard and ambassador to the U.N. Now I am in the witness protection program in Las Vegas, N.M., where I decorate pop tart wrappers and run a hostel for yard gnomes.

Long ago I lived in New York, Chicago, Westcliffe, Colo., Big Sandy, Mont., New Orleans, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Kansas City, Ouray, Utah, St. Louis, Concord, Fla., and Rye, Colo.

Sunlight, the sky, other artists and their work, and my own art give me inspiration. My socks don't match. I’m a pretty good writer. I don’t make much money at that. This is an excerpt from my novel. No, wait – no, it isn't.





Britt is also part-owner of El Zocalo, a cooperative art gallery found in Las Vegas, New Mexico. They have a great website HERE, and a blog HERE.


Meredith Britt with sample artwork

Britt's artwork is sharp, fresh, and unique. "Horses Return to Vaughn" is a bright work of cut paper and we are proud to feature it on our issue. You can find more about her work at El Zocalo on Facebook!







Buy a copy of Harpur Palate 14.1 for your very own via Submittable.

Sep 15, 2014

Submissions For Our Contests Now Open

It's contest season! We're now reading submissions for our 2014 Milt Kessler Memorial Prize in Poetry and our 2014 Harpur Palate Creative Nonfiction Contest. You can read the details below or at our Contests Page.


The 2014 Milt Kessler Memorial Prize in Poetry



The entry fee is only $15 for this contest, and you can submit up to five poems for consideration per entry fee. Each entry fee includes a year subscription to Harpur Palate. The winner receives $500 and two contributor copies of their issue. We'll also highlight you on our website and promote you via social media. Multiple submissions for contests are allowed, and simultaneous submissions are encouraged.

Look at our archive page to see what sorts of work we've liked in the past. Better yet, purchase a subscription! You can do that via Submittable.

Our editors depend on reading blind submissions, so please don't include identifiable information on the manuscript itself. Leave that for the cover letter. If you'd like to submit a snail mail submission, you can address it to the appropriate editor and mail it to this address:


Harpur Palate
Binghamton University
English Department
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

We prefer online submissions via Submittable. The deadline to submit is November 15, 2014.






The 2014 Harpur Palate Creative Nonfiction Contest



Like our poetry contest, the entry fee is only $15 and includes a year subscription to Harpur Palate. Please limit submissions to 8,000 words. The winner receives $500 and two contributor copies of their issue. We'll also highlight you on our website and promote you via social media. Multiple submissions for contests are allowed, and simultaneous submissions are encouraged.

Look at our archive page to see what sorts of work we've liked in the past. Better yet, purchase a subscription! You can do that via Submittable.

Our editors depend on reading blind submissions, so please don't include identifiable information on the manuscript itself. Leave that for the cover letter. If you'd like to submit a snail mail submission, you can address it to the appropriate editor and mail it to this address:


Harpur Palate
Binghamton University
English Department
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000


We prefer online submissions via Submittable. The deadline to submit is November 15, 2014.

Get Writing!