We've come together with the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL), a literary nonprofit located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to put this on, and we are so excited. GLCL's  mission is to encourage, promote, and celebrate the literary endeavors of writers within the Great Lakes region, and we are honored to be partnering up with them. In addition, author Phillip Sterling will be our judge!

Submission Period:  August 1 – September 30, 2015
Announcement of Winners:   Friday, October 30, 2015  
Prizes:  $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place. The three award winners, along with three honorable mention entries, will be published with CHEAP POP.


Read Phillip Sterling's Judge's Statement

First Place:  “Shawl Pattern” by Melanie Dunbar
Second Place:  “Anna Karina Floats in the Ocean” by David Joseph
Third Place:  “Arch Made of Codfish” by Linda Nemec Foster

Honorable Mention: “Saturday Night” by Bernard Grant
Honorable Mention: “The Before” by Amanda Chiado
Honorable Mention: “Oology” by Elodie Olson-Coons


1.  Submissions must be original, unpublished works of micro-fiction with a maximum of 500 words.  Like all submissions to CHEAP POP, we're looking for solid writing, stories that keep us interested...pieces that pop! We recommend you read through our catalog to get an idea of what we like and look for. 

2.  Submissions will be accepted ONLINE ONLY from August 1 – September 30, 2015. Entries are unable to be modified after submission. Submissions are now closed for the contest.

3.  The entry fee per submission is $5.00. There is no limit to the number of entries an author may submit, but please note that each entry requires a separate submission and a separate $5.00 fee.

4.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we request that the writer notify us immediately if their work is accepted for publication or receives an award elsewhere.

5.  This contest is judged in blind fashion. Please do not put any identifying information on your entry itself.

6.  The winner(s) will be publicly announced on Friday, October 30, 2015. The three award winners, along with three honorable mention entries, will be published with CHEAP POP.

7. You do not need to live in or be from the Great Lakes region to enter. This contest is national/international in scope

8.  Questions? Contact GLCL at info@readwritelive.org.




Phillip Sterling’s most recent book is In Which Brief Stories Are Told, a collection of short fiction (Wayne State University Press). He is also the author of the poetry collection Mutual Shores and three chapbook-length series of poems (Significant Others, Quatrains, and Abeyance) and editor of Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange.  Among his awards are an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Fulbright Lectureships (Belgium and Poland), a P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Award, and a number of Pushcart Prize nominations (for poetry and nonfiction prose).  Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University, where he founded and coordinated the Literature in Person (LIP) Reading Series, Sterling spent much of August 2014 on Isle Royale, as part of the National Park Service artist-in-residency program.  He currently lives in Lowell, Michigan.