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$15.00 USD


DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2020 @ Midnight  

Extended from 10/31  • This deadline is final.

For this Monthly Musepaper, submit your (1,000 words or less) story, poems, or essay inspired by and/or in the style of "Gonzo Journalism", created and popularized by Hunter S. Thompson in the 1970s.

Here are a few ideas to toss around as you rile up your inner Gonzo:

  • Personal Experiences/Emotions
  • First-Person Narration
  • Stream of Consciousness
  • Profanity
  • Drugs
  • Exaggeration, Sarcasm, Humor
  • Journalism, Politics
  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '2020.

gonzo:  those who use craziness as a form of self-expression, who push it too far just to push it. *

gonzo journalism:  a visceral, energetic first-person approach to storytelling, in which the author is a protagonist, and power is drawn from a combination of both social critique and self-satire. †

As always, all stories, essays, and poems, of any subject matter, are welcome.

The top three entries will be published at Musepaper.org and in a special print anthology. 

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)

I think truth and facts have almost no relation to one another. They ain't very closely connected. And I would rather have as few facts as possible, and let observation and experience and imagination [do the rest of it].  — William Faulkner


  • No restrictions on style.
  • Stories or essays should be 1000 words or less.
  • Poetry entries may include one or two poems, and should not exceed 1000 words in total.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem. Cover letters are optional and may be added separately.
  • Winners are generally announced within 60-90 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by NOVEMBER 30, 2020. This deadline will not be extended again.

* * * Musepaper offers a subscription for aspiring poets and writers. It's quick and easy to do, and we invite you to join us. All subscriptions include a Monthly Musepaper submission each month. Subscribers also have exclusive access to new writing and publishing opportunities, Subscriber-Only contests, and bonus submissions, as well as polls, surveys, and a suggestion box to help direct the creative direction and evolution of Musepaper.  

If you're interested, visit musepaper.org/subscribe.  

If you have any questions, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to help: hello [at] newmillenniumwritings [dot] org newmillenniumwritings [dot] org

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