Brink is an in-print literary journal dedicated to publishing hybrid, cross-genre work of both emerging and established creatives who often reside outside traditional artistic disciplines. By providing space primed to instigate new ideas, Brink fosters dialogue and collaborative community across disciplines and cultural divides.

Hybrid writing often includes multiple mediums such as visual and written elements that together accomplish a result impossible to achieve alone. Text-based hybrid writing harnesses form and content in singular ways to create dynamic work primed to offer new perspectives, voices, and ideas.

Hybrid writing is not experimental or ekphrastic. Instead, it is a style that prioritizes the combination of multiple literary and artistic elements to produce a readable, engaging piece of work.

Please familiarize yourself with Brink prior to submitting your work. Single issues can be purchased from our website and we recommend you become familiar with the work we publish prior to submitting your own work. 

We read every submission and respectfully request you wait one full submission period to resubmit if your work has been declined. We will not engage with any work that is transphobic, homophobic, racist, or xenophobic. 

We accept a variety of creative work from Nonfiction to Fiction, from Poetry to Translation. But our hearts beat strongest for hybrid work that falls into the cross-genre category we call Evocations. We are interested in work that presses boundaries, uses more than one medium to tell a story, and both looks and feels different on the page. Additionally, we look for submissions that engage the theme of each issue as well as the idea of being on the brink.

Contest Rules

  • The contest is open to all writers and artists who identify their work as hybrid or cross-genre in nature.
  • Submit up to 15 pages.
  • One previously unpublished submission per entrant.
  • All entries will be read anonymously. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your submission. We will contact you regarding your submission through Submittable, so please ensure your contact information is accurate.
  • Family, colleagues, intimate friends, and contributors previously published in Brink Literary Journal are ineligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.


Guidelines

  • Hybrid writing often includes multiple mediums such as visual and written elements that together accomplish a result impossible to achieve alone. Text-based hybrid writing harnesses form and content in singular ways to create dynamic work primed to offer new perspectives, voices, and ideas. Hybrid writing is not experimental or ekphrastic. Instead, it is a style that prioritizes the combination of multiple literary and artistic elements to produce a readable, engaging piece of work.
  • Initial screening for the prize will be facilitated by Brink Editors.
  • The contest winner, selected by the contest judge, will be announced in early May.


Contest Prize

  • $1,000
  • Publication in the October 2023 issue of Brink Literary Journal.
  • 5 copies of the journal issue in which the winning submission appears.


Entry Fee

  • $22 non-refundable via Submittable.
  • Each entrant will receive one copy of the October 2023 issue of Brink Literary Journal. Current subscribers will receive a one-issue extension on their current subscription.
  • A limited number of fee waivers are available upon request. Email info@brinkliterary.com for more information,

Brink is open for hybrid and cross-genre submissions of any length engaging the theme GRAVITY.

Gravity is an invisible, necessary force of nature. It attracts. It pulls. It governs our days. Gravity is strong enough to hold galaxies together and at the same time is so weak that it can be conquered by a toddler lifting a toy off of the ground.

Let’s talk about this fundamental force of attraction. Tell us stories of movement, of tendency, of acceleration. We want to hear about the moment just before being pulled into the very center of the earth. Send us essays and poems that grapple with gravity’s range. What would happen if certain objects suddenly broke free of their gravitational pull? What shape would the world take if it was not constantly being pulled inward? When has gravity saved your life? What happened right before you fell off the swing? Explore how gravity and grave share the same Latin root.

We are interested in work that focuses on the edge, the brink, of gravity. What other forces surround and support gravity? What are the images, sounds, ideas, people, games, and opportunities that engage with this force? These are the stories we want to hear.

Brink is open for hybrid and cross-genre submissions of any length engaging the theme GRAVITY.

Gravity is an invisible, necessary force of nature. It attracts. It pulls. It governs our days. Gravity is strong enough to hold galaxies together and at the same time is so weak that it can be conquered by a toddler lifting a toy off of the ground.

Let’s talk about this fundamental force of attraction. Tell us stories of movement, of tendency, of acceleration. We want to hear about the moment just before being pulled into the very center of the earth. Send us essays and poems that grapple with gravity’s range. What would happen if certain objects suddenly broke free of their gravitational pull? What shape would the world take if it was not constantly being pulled inward? When has gravity saved your life? What happened right before you fell off the swing? Explore how gravity and grave share the same Latin root.

We are interested in work that focuses on the edge, the brink, of gravity. What other forces surround and support gravity? What are the images, sounds, ideas, people, games, and opportunities that engage with this force? These are the stories we want to hear.

Brink is open for hybrid and cross-genre submissions of any length engaging the theme GRAVITY.

Gravity is an invisible, necessary force of nature. It attracts. It pulls. It governs our days. Gravity is strong enough to hold galaxies together and at the same time is so weak that it can be conquered by a toddler lifting a toy off of the ground.

Let’s talk about this fundamental force of attraction. Tell us stories of movement, of tendency, of acceleration. We want to hear about the moment just before being pulled into the very center of the earth. Send us essays and poems that grapple with gravity’s range. What would happen if certain objects suddenly broke free of their gravitational pull? What shape would the world take if it was not constantly being pulled inward? When has gravity saved your life? What happened right before you fell off the swing? Explore how gravity and grave share the same Latin root.

We are interested in work that focuses on the edge, the brink, of gravity. What other forces surround and support gravity? What are the images, sounds, ideas, people, games, and opportunities that engage with this force? These are the stories we want to hear.

Brink is open for hybrid and cross-genre submissions of any length engaging the theme GRAVITY.

Gravity is an invisible, necessary force of nature. It attracts. It pulls. It governs our days. Gravity is strong enough to hold galaxies together and at the same time is so weak that it can be conquered by a toddler lifting a toy off of the ground.

Let’s talk about this fundamental force of attraction. Tell us stories of movement, of tendency, of acceleration. We want to hear about the moment just before being pulled into the very center of the earth. Send us essays and poems that grapple with gravity’s range. What would happen if certain objects suddenly broke free of their gravitational pull? What shape would the world take if it was not constantly being pulled inward? When has gravity saved your life? What happened right before you fell off the swing? Explore how gravity and grave share the same Latin root.

We are interested in work that focuses on the edge, the brink, of gravity. What other forces surround and support gravity? What are the images, sounds, ideas, people, games, and opportunities that engage with this force? These are the stories we want to hear.

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