Competition Issue · Antimatter

The stimulus for our inaugural competition is the mind map created by the LPB  team on the notion of ‘antimatter’. The finalists will be published in a special issue on October 7th, 2020, and the three winning entries will receive cash prizes of $400, $200 and $100 respectively.

Useful Information

Further details regarding the competition can be found on the Submittable page below. Any new announcements or changes to the competition will be advertised on this page as well as our social media.


As an arts magazine, we have launched a multi-disciplinary competition, accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, visual arts, music and photography. Mirroring the selection process for our issues, we will feature the best submissions regardless of category. 


Submission Guidelines

A single submission could include either:
(a) 1 piece of prose (fiction or non-fiction) of up to 5000 words
(b) up to 5 poems (up to 300 lines in total); up to 5 visual art projects (1 photograph/project); up to 5 photographs; or up to 5 musical pieces (up to 40 minutes in total)
(c) a combination of up to five pieces of the forms stipulated in (b).

NB: For Visual Art, Photography & Music, we require a 100-150 word ‘caption’ outlining your thoughts and motivations for each of the up to five pieces you submit 


The top 25 shortlisted submissions will be announced on September 21st, 2020.


The first stage of the competition will be judged by the editorial team at La Piccioletta Barca. The winners will be selected by an honourary team of external judges that will be announced at a later date. The file and the file name should not carry any personal details about the author.


Our stimulus is merely meant to spark inspiration, as suggested by the mind map featured, and should not be treated as a rigid theme for your submission.


The three winning entries will receive prizes of: $400, $200 and $100 respectively. All of the finalists will have their work published in the competition issue. The top 25 shortlisted submission will receive an honorary mention. 


Submissions will close on September 1st, 2020.

Finalists & Winners

The ten finalists and winners will be announced with the launch of the issue on October 7th, 2020.

Entry Fee

We charge a $10 entry fee for one submission, $15 for two, and $20 for three. The entry fees will go towards funding the prizes, and operational costs of the competition. 
(Past submitters are eligible for a 50% discount to the entrance fee.) 


If you have any further questions regarding the submission process or competition details, please get in touch using the form below.

Do I need to have an explicit link to the stimulus?

There is no need for an overtly explicit link to the stimulus. As can be seen from the mind map created by the LPB team, one can approach the notion of antimatter from a multitude of different perspectives. 

Can I send multiple submissions?

Yes, you can send up to three submissions, respecting the guidelines set out above. We charge a $10 entry fee for one submission, $15 for two, and $20 for three. 

Can I submit if I've previously published in LPB?

Yes. Since our submissions are all judged blindly, there is no conflict of interest with previously accepted contributors.

Can I send pieces of different art forms in the same submission?

The only form that cannot be combined with any other art form is prose, i.e. one piece of fiction or non-fiction of up to 5,000 words would amount to one submission. Nevertheless, if you would like to also submit poetry, you could send a second submission with up to 5 poems.

Submissions that do not include prose can consist of different art forms. The ‘rule of thumb’ is that each non-prose submission can potentially consist of five pieces – either five pieces of the same art form (e.g. five poems or five photos) or five pieces of different art forms (e.g. three poems and two photos or one music piece and four photos of paintings). 

Why are different art forms judged in the same category? Isn’t this unfair?

In line with the overall spirit the magazine, we decided that we should not restrict submissions to only one genre. Instead, we would like to encourage multidisciplinary.  This is not unfair since we believe that art should be judged on its originality, authenticity and quality regardless of form.

Can I mix and match art forms in the same piece, e.g. include artwork in my prose submission?

While we do encourage multidisciplinary submissions, we cannot accept interdisciplinary submissions, since it would complicate judgement and would undermine the objectivity and the fairness of the procedure. 

When a submission consists of multiple pieces, are those pieces judges as a whole or separately?

Each piece of each submission is judged on each own merits. We allow for more than one pieces in each submission, in order to make the competition more accessible. 

Do you accept previously published work?

Unfortunately, all work must be previously unpublished. This includes publication on websites, personal blogs, social media or even small-circulation periodicals. We do however accept reprints in our monthly issues.

Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you inform us as soon as possible if your submission is accepted elsewhere to avoid reprints. 

Can I have more than one winning pieces?

In the case of multiple exceptional submissions from the same submitter, the judges will select the submission of the highest quality to be featured to be shortlisted or to win. 

Why are the submissions 'blind'?

We believe that one’s work should be judged solely based on the quality of said submission. Previous publication or an impressive CV is thus irrelevant and that is why we require submitters to remove any identifying information from their documents.

Why do you charge a reading fee?

All proceedings from the competition will go towards funding the prizes, as well as advertising the winning entries, along with other operational costs. LPB does not charge any subscription fees or show ads – the reading fees are thus the only way to fund such initiatives.

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