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We are pleased to announce our third annual Bat City Review Short Prose Contest. Submissions open on March 1, 2018. We will close either after the 400th submission or on March 30, whichever comes first. Writers are encouraged to submit early.

One winner and three runners up will be selected. The winner and runners up will be published online in spring 2018. The winner will also receive $500 and print publication in Bat City Review Issue 15 (Spring 2019). 


- Submit a piece of prose (genre not otherwise specified) up to 400 words in length. 
- Submissions are judged blind, so do not include your name or any identifying information on the document you upload. 
- Do please include the word count at the bottom of the document. 
- One piece per submission, with a limit of three separate submissions per author.

This contest is not open to employees, students, or affiliates of the University of Texas at Austin. We're happy to read simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We will not consider previously published work.


Antonio Ruiz-Camacho was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. A former Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, a Dobie Paisano fellow in fiction by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, a John Garder Fellow at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Yaddo Fellow, and a Walter E. Dakin fellow in fiction at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he earned his MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin. His work has appeared in The New York TimesSalonTexas MonthlyThe Millions, and elsewhere. His debut story collection BAREFOOT DOGS won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by Kirkus ReviewsSan Francisco ChronicleTexas Observer and PRI's The World. It was published in Spanish translation by the author, and is forthcoming in German and Dutch. Antonio lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, where he's currently at work on a novel.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho nació y creció en Toluca, México. Ha sido becario Knight en periodismo por la Universidad de Stanford, becario Dobie Paisano en narrativa por la Universidad de Texas en Austin y el Instituto de Texas de las Letras, y becario Walter E. Dakin en narrativa por la Conferencia de Escritores de Sewanee. Su trabajo ha aparecido en The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly y Etiqueta Negra, entre otros medios. “Los perros descalzos”, su debut narrativo, fue nombrado uno de los mejores libros de 2015 por Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer y The World de Public Radio International; publicado originalmente en inglés, fue traducido al español por el propio autor y pronto será traducido al alemán y al holandés. Antonio vive en Austin, Texas, con su familia, donde actualmente está escribiendo una novela.



Submissions for issue 15 (Spring '19) of Bat City Review will open July 1, 2018 and run through October 1, 2018 with responses typically sent within two months of receiving a submission. 

We are interested in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction that experiments with language, form, and unconventional subject matter, as well as more traditional work. We also welcome translations. Along with your translations, please include a copy of the original text and a note stating that you have secured permission from the copyright holder.

Our staff changes every year, and a team of readers and a large editorial board evaluate each submission. In a recent interview with the Review Review, Nick Almeida, Editor-in-Chief for Issue 13, outlines who we are and how we work. Before submitting to Bat City Review, take some time to review our mission statement,  previous issues and featured content in order to familiarize yourself with our aesthetic heritage. 



  • We only accept submissions through Submittable
  • Please remove all identifying information from the submission document itself.
  • Students of the University of Texas at Austin may not submit. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please email the relevant editor immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Due to the volume of submissions, we ask that you submit no more than one piece per genre at a time.
  • Contributors receive two free copies of the issue in which their work appears. Individual rights revert to authors upon publication. 



Please submit three to five poems.


Please submit short stories, flash fiction, novel excerpts, and other experiments. Word limit: 5,000.



Please submit creative nonfiction, lyric essays, memoirs, hybrid works, and interviews. Word limit: 5,000.



Please email with a query.