2021’s Metamorphosis-theme will be judged by Deborah Levy (stories), Kim Addonizio (poems), Michael Salu (illustration). Winning work is guaranteed publication in AMBIT POP 245, October 2021. The first place prize in each category will also receive £500, second place £250, and £100 for third.
Entries are £6 (£4 unwaged) and are now open until 1 July. Winners will be announced on 1 September on the Ambit website.
DEBORAH LEVY is the author of seven novels: Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved, Billy and Girl, Swimming Home, Hot Milk and The Man Who Saw Everything. She has been shortlisted twice each for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Man Booker Prize. Her short story collection, Black Vodka, was nominated for the International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as were her acclaimed dramatisations of Freud’s iconic case studies, Dora and The Wolfman. She has also written for The Royal Shakespeare Company and her pioneering theatre writing is collected in Levy: Plays 1. Her work is widely translated. Deborah Levy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author of a formally innovative and emotionally daring trilogy of memoirs, a living autobiography on writing, gender politics and philosophy. The first two volumes, Things I Don’t Want to Know and The Cost of Living, won the Prix Femina Etranger 2020. The final volume, Real Estate, is recently published by Penguin.
KIM ADDONIZIO is the author of eight poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay, and her work has been widely translated and anthologised. Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Her new poetry collection, Now We’re Getting Somewhere, is out from W.W. Norton. She lives in Oakland, California and is online at kimaddonizio.com.
MICHAEL SALU is a writer, creative strategist, critic and artist, whose work and ideas find a place in a multidisciplinary practice, often centring on the evolving intersections of technology, language and identity. His written work has appeared in many literary journals, magazines and art publications. He is the former creative director of Granta Publications (London) and has conceived and managed the creative output of many culturally-focused brands across a variety of online and offline media. Salu has often contributed to the art and media curriculums of various academic institutions and has held a number of advisory roles and spoken at many live events and symposiums including 5×15. He runs House of Thought, a creative research practice and consultancy underscored by new technologies, art and literature. He is represented by United Agents.
Submissions can be made either online via Submittable www.ambit.submittable.com or by post. Submission remains minimal, at £6 per entry, and £4 for unwaged or full-time students, and for five or more submissions you will receive a free copy of Ambit.
Please note we do not accept simultaneous submissions, the work needs to be submitted exclusively. (In a previous year this led to a winning poem losing out on first prize as it had been published elsewhere.) All judging will be done strictly anonymously so please do not put your name anywhere on the Word, PDF or JPEG document containing your work, only on the Submittable cover letter.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The entries must be the original work of the author.
The competition is open to anyone, of any age of any nationality, aged 16 or over.
Poems, flash fiction or illustrations must not have been previously published, either in print or online – this includes self-publishing and blogs.
There is no minimum line requirement, but poems must not exceed 50 lines and prose/fiction/flash/life-writing &c stories is restricted to 1,000 words.
Illustrations should be suitable for reduction to A5.
Please do not put your name, address, email or any identifying marks on the document in which you enclose your work. These details must be in your cover letter only.
All entries must be written in English. Translations into English are accepted and encouraged, but the poem or work must be marked as ‘Translation’.
No simultaneous submissions – any poems, fiction or illustrations that become published after submitting to the competition will be disqualified.
Only submit work which you can guarantee will remain available.
The winning entries will be announced on September 1st. The decision of the judges is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
GUIDE TO POSTAL SUBMISSIONS
Postal submissions must come included with a cheque made out to Ambit.
Each submitted poem costs £6, or £4 for unwaged or students.
If submitting from overseas, please include Visa or Mastercard details including expiration date and security code or pay via Paypal using email@example.com.
We do not accept non-sterling cheques. Work must come with a cover sheet, which will contain your name, postal address and email address. If you do not have an email address, please include an SAE with UK stamps.
As the judging will be done anonymously, absolutely no names or addresses should appear on the individual work.
The competition deadline is 1 July. Only submissions postmarked on or before that date will be accepted. Send your postal submissions to: Ambit Competition, Staithe House, Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8BP, UK.