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Enter the Summer Issue vote by April 23
$1000, $200, $100 prizes for the best stories and poems
$3 to enter and create Sixfold

Spread the word to writers you know: We need you! Over 700 story and poetry writers are already signed up to vote and create the Summer issues of Sixfold, and we're going for 1000 participants to establish the largest collaborative all-writer vote yet. Join the vote where all writers select what's published instead of a judge or editor.

Upload your own short-story or poetry manuscript PDF for $3 by April 23, 11:59 pm ET. Then, vote within your genre to select the three prize-winning manuscripts of $1000, $200, and $100, and everything published in each issue.

Sixfold is a completely writer-voted short story and poetry journal. Every writer who uploads a manuscript votes to choose the prize-winning manuscripts and all the short stories and poetry published in each issue. Everyone's equally weighted vote selects what's published, instead of one judge, or one or a few editors. With a fair, transparent, rule-based voting process, all writers find the best writing together.

How-To • Read, comment, and vote on 3 sets of 6 manuscripts by writers in your genre during 3 voting rounds of 12 days each. Round 1 is from May 1 to the voting deadline of May 12; round 2 is from May 13 to May 24; round 3 is from May 25 to June 5. (Read and vote on 18 manuscripts total in 36 days total.) Each round, you rank order your 6 randomly assigned manuscripts as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and write comments to the writers of each.

After each round ends, the highest-voted one-third of each round's manuscripts advances to the next round. After three rounds of voting, the first-, second-, and third-highest-voted manuscripts in each genre win $1000, $200, $100. The top-20 short stories and the top-40 sets of poems are published.     SEE RECENT VOTE

Immediately after voting ends, you receive up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript from other writers, depending how far it goes through the three rounds. A post-voting results page lists all participants’ manuscripts by voting score. Be anonymous during the entire voting process, or opt-in to display your name, profile, or manuscript on the public results page after voting is over. All votes and comments are disclosed only after round 3, after voting is complete.

Voting Rules • Each round, manuscripts are distributed randomly for voting • You never receive your own manuscript to read and vote for • You never read and vote on the same manuscript twice • If you do not vote by any round's deadline, then your own manuscript is withdrawn from voting, does not advance into following rounds, and you do not vote in following rounds.


Publish to a big literary audience • Sixfold's free e-books reach 5,000+ readers per issue and free online issues reach 40,000+ site visitors per year.

Completely writer-voted journal and writing workshop • Give and receive workshop feedback on your and your fellow writers’ work. In 36 days, you read, evaluate, vote, and write comments on 18 other writers’ manuscripts. Receive up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript, depending on how far it goes through three voting rounds.

Sixfold Testimonials from the recent vote's writers • "Loved the format, results, comments, transparency!" • "for the first time, I was given some honest, arms-length feedback" • "fascinating to read others' work" • "fun not to just send in my story and wait, but to actually read and rank stories" • "invaluable to have all those unbiased comments on my work" • "Our little republic is working!"

Donate! Support the all-writer-voted, free-to-read Sixfold mission. Donate in any amount. Get print copies or a fully customizable Sixfold T-Shirt for your support. Spread the word and thank you!


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Fiction Winter 2013  |  Vote Result

Tristen Chang    Bellasylva
John Shortino    Final Notice
Chris Belden    The Woodpecker Problem
Naima Lynch    And I Will Bring You Oranges
Daniel C. Bryant    Balzac
Susannah Carlson    Killing Methuselah
And More    Read All
Cover Art    from Blackboard Sketching by Frederick Whitney


Poetry Winter 2013  |  Vote Result

Alysse Kathleen McCanna    Pentimento & others
Peter Nash    Shooting Star & others
Katherine Smith    House of Cards & others
David Sloan    On the Rocks & others
Alexandra Smyth    Exoskeleton Blues & others
John Glowney    The Bus Stop Outside Ajax Bail Bonds & others
And More    Read All
Cover Art    from Studies among the Snow Crystals by Wilson Bentley

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