Curbside Splendor is currently accepting submissions for the following projects:

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

We do not consider previously published work. 

We try to respond as soon as possible. Please allow 60 days before inquiring on the status of your submission. 

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

All other guidelines are below.

$ 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 contest will be judged by Chicago author Lindsay Hunter. The winning entry will be published in May 2017 to coincide with Independent Bookstore Day
 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.