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New Writing Challenge for All Writers!


Eastern North Carolina poet Gabrielle Brant Freeman has launched a new writing project that promises to be both fun and hone our writing chops. You’re gonna definitely want to check it out.

BOX is a quarterly writing challenge. Five objects will be posted each quarter. Writers will respond with a poem, short story, creative nonfiction piece, or hybrid work incorporating all five objects. A maximum of five pieces will be chosen for publication for each category.

The first objects have been posted here.

The idea is to write a poem of seventy-five lines or fewer; one short story of 2,500 words or fewer; one creative nonfiction piece of 2,500 words or fewer; or one hybrid piece of a reasonably brief length, incorporating all five objects. Then submit!

What’s in it for you?

The joy of the challenge, possible publication, and, if your piece is The Editor’s Choice, you’ll be the proud new owner of all five objects from the challenge, boxed just for you!

The deadline though, is July 3, so get better get crackin’.

Check out BOX at or on Instagram.

Gabrielle Brant Freeman’s poetry has been published in many journals, including Barrelhouse, The Emerson Review, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Rappahannock Review, Shenandoah, storySouth, and Waxwing. She has been nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and she was a 2014 finalist. Freeman won the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition with her poem “Failure to Obliterate” which was published in storySouth. Press 53 published her first book of poetry, When She Was Bad, in 2016. In 2015, she was awarded a regional artist grant through the North Carolina Arts Council. Freeman earned her MFA through Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She teaches at East Carolina University, and she lives with her family in Eastern North Carolina.