ANNOUNCING THE LONGLISTS FOR THE SHOW ME YOURS PRIZE
I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium began as a desire for conversation; with the Show Me Yours Prize, we want to open that conversation up to artists and writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and celebrate work that engages with the world of sex and desire in surprising, breathless and exciting ways.
We’ve been truly privileged to receive so many entries from such a diverse and eclectic number of artists. We received over 360 entries, many of which contained up to three poems or two short pieces of prose. Thank you so much to everyone who entered and trusted us with your work. We feel incredibly lucky and are excited to share these longlists with you all.
As ever, taste is subjective and many fine pieces didn’t make the cut or didn’t feel like the right fit for us. This is no comment on the quality of that work and furthermore, due to the large number of entrants, there were many great pieces that we simply couldn’t find space for on this longlist. We know how hard putting your work out into the world can be and we want to acknowledge everyone who entered the prize. You’re the best!
You’ll find our longlisted entries listed by category. Feel free to share your longlisting on social media though please keep the title of your work a secret while our judges complete their blind reading :)
We’ll be announcing the shortlist on September 13th. We’ll contact all shortlisted entrants by email. On September 30th, we’ll announce the winner of our £300 grand prize and £50 highly commended prizes. Exciting! If you’d like to receive updates about the prize, please sign up to our mailing list.
James & Melissa
A Journey in the Interior
An Encyclopedia of Orgasms
Animal Spirits (Ad Noctem Ignes)
Episodes from the sex life of a fellow-me-lad
Oesophagus at the End of the World
Other Practices of Everyday Life
Quid pro quo
The Curse of 9BF
The Night Women
The Orlando Bequest, pp. 4–5
The Radium Girl
The Studio Across the Street
Thinking About my First Kiss at my Late Husband’s Grave
A ‘Brief’ Update on Cork’s Attitude to Sexual Assault
A Night to Remember
Never Have, Never
Re: Sometime after 5:00 p.m. on a Wednesday in the Middle of Autumn
Sex in the Seventies
spartans and the athenians
The Doctor is Out
The Joys of Technology
What You Don’t
I Want To Be Your Cigarette
The Interior of a Heart
An Outward Sign of An Inward Grace
Before we have sex, I imagine
Coupled, You Will Need Both Equations to Solve for X and Y
Eating Coño Next to Ripe Mangos
Football for sensitive boys
I put on my fuck-jacket before I go out
I tweeted I was hungry the other night and someone ordered me uber eats; tonight I’m feeling pretty horny…
If We Talk Of ‘Numbers’
Little Girls So Often Get Lost In The Woods Chasing Pretty Butterflies
London Aquatics Centre, Stratford
Other Ways of Knowing
Same Old Sex My Pretty Elbow
The Hedonics of Plumbing
The Little Death
the syllables in the name of the good lord
SHORTLIST COMING SEPTEMBER 13TH
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£300 GRAND PRIZE
£50 PRIZE TO HIGHLY COMMENDED
ENTRIES IN EACH CATEGORY
PUBLICATION FOR WINNERS AND SHORTLISTED ENTRIES
IN THE I’LL SHOW YOU MINE CHAPBOOK
CLOSED - JULY 10
LATE ENTRY - JULY 19
LONGLIST - AUGUST 30
SHORTLIST - SEPTEMBER 13
WINNER - SEPTEMBER 30
PRIZEGIVING - OCTOBER
NO ENTRY FEE
Yan Ge // Christopher Allen // Andrew McMillan
James Smart // Melissa Wan
Sponsored by UEA Publishing Project
YOU MAY ENTER ONE FREE ENTRY INTO ONE CATEGORY.
YOU MAY MAKE ONE ADDITIONAL ENTRY IN ANY CATEGORY BY MAKING A DONATION TO I’LL SHOW YOU MINE.
LATE ENTRIES MAY ONLY BE MADE BEFORE 19 JULY WITH A DONATION TO I’LL SHOW YOU MINE.
LATE ENTRIES MADE WITHOUT A DONATION WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.
One or two pieces of short fiction up to 1000 words total. Not including the titles. No minimum.
One or two pieces of nonfiction up to 1000 words total. Not including the titles. No minimum.
Up to three poems. No more than 60 lines in total. No minimum.
One or two images.
For text entries - doc, docx or pdf please.
For image entries - PNG, JPEG, JPG, PDF, TIFF, GIF, etc.
Please format prose double-spaced, 12-point font. Poetry can be single-spaced.
Please include no identifying information on your entry document. One entry per participant*
Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please inform us immediately if your work has been accepted somewhere else for publication.
We accept original, unpublished work only.
We particularly encourage and welcome papers from marginalised voices: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBTQIA+, enby/gender-queer/gender-fluid, neurodiverse, working class, people with a disability, or any other people who would consider themselves marginalised or existing in the margins - we really want to hear from you.
Send your submission to email@example.com with the subject line formatted as such: “Prose submission - title of your piece”
We invite entries that engage with the subject of sex, sex-writing, desire, bodies, shame, pleasure, obscenity, intimacy, transgression, pleasure, gender, the unsaid, the screamed, made in any style or form. You are free to interpret the theme as you wish, though we will favour works that engage with and best reflect the central theme of sex.
Genre and style do not matter, only quality. A science fiction story about sex with aliens has as much place here as a poem about the nature of desire, a painting that toys with representations of the body or a personal essay about the sexual politics of now. We only ask that your work has something to say, moves us, raises our collective pulse.
The grand prize of £300 will be awarded to the winner, whose work can be in any form.
We will award a £50 prize and publication to highly commended entries in each of the following categories: fiction; poetry; non-fiction; image.
Winning, highly commended, and shortlisted entries will be published in the I’ll Show You Mine chapbook.
Selected longlisted entries may also be offered publication.
Entrants may enter a single entry in one of the following categories: Fiction; Poetry; Non-Fiction; Image.*
Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line formatted as such: “Prose submission - title of your piece.”
We welcome hybrid or undefinable works. If you are unsure what category to submit in please use this format: “Other submission - title of your piece.”
All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, twitter handle etc. in the document or in the title of your submission.
In the body of your email, please include a print-ready, third-person bio and if you wish, a cover letter.
Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notifying us via email.
The deadline for entries is 12 midnight (UK time) on 10th July 2019.
* You may make one additional entry by purchasing a £5 entry to I’ll Show You Mine at our shop and FWDing the confirmation email alongside your additional entry. This additional entry can be in any category. These donations will be used to help pay contributors and printing costs.
The I’ll Show You Mine Sex Writing Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
No age restrictions.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning in any other competition.
If your entry has been long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, then it is eligible for the Show Me Yours Prize.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize elsewhere or be published prior to the prize- giving date.
You must inform the I’ll Show You Mine immediately should your entry be accepted, published or win a prize elsewhere.
Entries submitted after the closing date will not be eligible.
Entries that contain identifying information in the document or do not follow our guidelines will be disqualified.
Entering the competition is taken as acceptance of the rules and guidelines set out in this document. Failure to abide by these rules will result in disqualification - please don’t make us do that :)
Longlisted, shortlisted, highly commended and winning writers will be notified by email shortly before their public announcements.
The 2019 results will be posted on the website late September 2019.
The 2019 prize-giving ceremony and chapbook launch will be held in October 2019.
Prizes will be awarded via Paypal.
The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
Judging is fair and unbiased. Entries are read blind. Experienced readers assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists.
I’ll Show You Mine reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but I’ll Show You Mine will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning and highly commended works and extracts in the chapbook and any relevant promotional material including press releases.
I’ll Show You Mine reserves the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so. Any changes to the rules will be posted on the website and communicated to all entrants.