Baily's Beads seeking submissions for magazine, contest

The student editors of Baily's Beads, Pitt-Bradford's award-winning literary magazine, are seeking contest entries and general submissions for its 2017 issue.


            For the contest, the staff is looking for poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that starts with a predetermined first line and ends with a predetermined last one - but that can go anywhere in between.


The first line should be, “The rain and canopy of leafless trees shrouded the old house.” The last line should be, “A single ray of sunshine glinted off the windows.”


            Baily's Beads also seeks general submissions of poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, memoir, travel writing, personal essays, plays, comics and translations. Strong voices, sensory imagery, poetry that isn't dominated by rhyme, and prose that tells a complete story are preferred.


            The staff is also seeking photography, drawings, paintings and other work in JPEG form, especially black and white.


            Contest submissions and other work should have a cover sheet with the author's name and contact information, but the author's name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.


            Poetry should be single spaced, while prose should be double spaced. Writers may submit up to 20 pages. Submissions should be sent by e-mail attachment to


            There will be cash prizes for the winning contest entries and the best general work published in the magazine.  While Baily's Beads accepts work year-round, writers should submit by April 8 to ensure that their work is considered for the next issue.