Ends on August 31, 2017

Lunch Ticket is honored to host the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts. The Gabo Prize is funded by writers, translators, and Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Alumni Allie Marini and Jennifer McCharen, who launched the prize to support the work of peer translators.


Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting for the Gabo Prize. Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected without being read.


We review Gabo Prize submissions in February and August.


Gabo Prize Submission Guidelines (additional translation guidelines below):

- Please submit once per Gabo Prize submission period. 

- All Gabo Prize submissions are also considered for our standard Translation & Multilingual Texts section.

- If you have been a winner or finalist for the Gabo Prize, please wait one year before submitting again.

- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read blind in the first round. Any submissions with identifying information will be returned without consideration.

- All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman font.

- Please include a word count at the top of your piece – we accept prose up to 5,000 words.

- Poems, we understand, follow their own formatting rules. When in doubt, use 12-pt Times New Roman font; please submit no more than ten pages of poems.

- We do accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know immediately.

- We do not accept previously published work.


Gabo Prize winners receive $200 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Two finalists will also be published in each issue.


We look forward to sampling your work!


*For literary translation, please use these additional guidelines:

- Include a statement about your translation process (translator’s statement) in your cover letter.

- Include the original work along with your translation. 

- Include a statement that grants us permission to publish both the original work and the translation online, and that certifies that you have received permission from the original rights holder (either the publisher or the author, as applicable) to grant us such rights.


The Gabo Prize is dedicated to upholding the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics, defined as such:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Additionally: friends, family, and associates of the judges are not eligible for consideration for the award.


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