Submissions are now open for the Wild Onion Novella Contest: Submit your novella, between 20,000 and 40,000 words.


  • Include work as a .doc, .rtf, or .jpg file attachment
  • All documents should be double-spaced.
  • Feel free to let us know how you heard of Curbside Splendor.  


We're fond of gritty, urban stories, and we like realism that is slightly off-balance. As always, the best way to know if your work might be what we're looking for is to read one of our books, or a previous issue of our E-Zine

As a whole, the manuscript must not be previously published.

Simultaneous submissions are totally fine, but please inform us immediately if you need to withdraw your work. 

All other guidelines are below.

Ends on December 31, 2017$10.00
We are seeking novella submissions between 20,000 and 40,000 words that exemplify the best of Curbside's style—work that is gritty, experimental, speculative, weird, humorous, or any compelling combination of the above. And as always, we're looking for diverse, extraordinary voices.

The winning entry will be published in Summer 2018
 as a limited and numbered print run sold exclusively through our web store, as well as an e-book that will be distributed through Curbside's normal channels. 

The winner will receive $250 and 10 copies of the publication.

The contest will be judged by Chicago author Tim Kinsella. Tim Kinsella is the author of two novels, Let Go and Go On and On (2014, Curbside Splendor) and The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense (2011, Featherproof Books) and one book of non-fiction All Over and Over (2015, Joyful Noise / Featherproof Books). In 2014 he became the publisher and editor at Featherproof Books. Since 1996 his band Joan of Arc and its related projects have released dozens of albums and they continue to tour internationally on a regular basis. He is a regular collaborator with the experimental theater group Every house has a door. In 2015 he was both the Artist-in-Residence at Joyful Noise Records and the Visiting Writer at Roosevelt University, as well as serving on the programming committee at Chicago Filmmakers. His life and creative work are the subjects of the Noisey / Vice feature documentary "Your War (I'm One of You).”