Peter Mountford is the author of the novelsA Young Mans Guide to Late Capitalism(2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction), and(a NYT editors choice). His work has appeared inThe Paris Review, Guernica, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Sun. He is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada Universitys MFA program, and teaches at Creative Nonfiction and Hugo House.

Lately weve noticed that almost every sub we get that deals with sex or sexuality presents the act as fraught with peril, dangerous, and the site of a great deal of personal unhappiness. Which is not to say that this isnt real for many people, but also: sex can be fun, foolish even, a wonderland of silly innuendo, cornball delight, and slippery fluids. As such, Pacifica Literary Review is proud to present our2022 Bodice Ripper Contest,judged by Peter Mountford! Think self-aware slash fiction,Red Shoe Diariesas sketch comedy,Lost in SpacemeetsHustlerphotoshoot. Send us your sultriest stories, your cheesiest pickup lines, your titillating novellas, the guiltiest of your pleasures. Send us something risqu, ridiculous, send the blood to our cheeks, and lets have some fun for once with these awkward hungry bodies.

Disclaimer: this isnotan erotica contest.

Contest Rules:To be considered for this contest, you must submitone piece offiction/CNF of no more than 5k words, or 3 poemsto this category in a single document.In your submission header, please note the genre of your submission. Authors may submit multiple timesto this contest, provided the submissions are from different genres. Simultaneous submissions in a single genre from a single author will be deleted and the Contest Entry Fee will not be refunded.First Prize will be awarded $500 and publication in Pacifica Literary Review. Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the judges discretion, and will also be published. Good luck!

Pacifica Literary Reviewis now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.Prose submissions must be under 5,000 words. Flash fiction submissions must be no more than 1000 words individually. Novel excerpts are acceptable, but must be able to stand alone. For poetry, please submit no more than three poems in a single document.For flash fiction, please submit no more than three pieces in a single document.

Our general submission period is open year-round with periodic closures in September, January, and May for editorial production. If the submission portals are down, were putting a new issue together and will re-open shortly.We accept online submissions throughour online submission systemon Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long asPacifica Literary Reviewis notified immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw submissions accepted elsewhere through Submittable. To withdraw a single poem or flash fiction piece, let us know by email atpa.

All submissions should follow the directions on Submittable and be titled with the name of the work. The author will receive a confirmation of the receipt of the work as well as a final decision through email. Please dont submit any additional work until you have received a decision from the editors regarding work already under consideration, and please do not resubmit a piece we have previously considered. Reporting time varies from one to four months.

We understand that youre anxious to hear back, and we will try our hardest to expedite the process. At this time we cannot offer monetary compensation for publication, but were working on it.

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