The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have once again collaborated to bring you North America's most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for your best stories and poems. Winners will have their work published in Matrix, and receive free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honor. 

Our 2016 judges are Sam Lipsyte (Fiction) and Brenda Shaughnessy (Poetry).

The winners, one from each category, will receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2016, a VIP pass to POP Montreal, free accommodation at a hotel, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and will participate in a presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival.

This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States. The final deadline for all submissions is July 1st, 2016. Winners will be notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than 5 poems; fiction writers should send stories of no more than 4000 words. Each entry is 25$ and entries can be made through Matrix's Submittable app. Multiple entries are welcome!

Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of the story collections Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and The Fun Parts and three novels: The AskThe Subject Steve and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.

Brenda Shaughnessy earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MFA from Columbia University. She is the author of Interior with Sudden Joy (1999), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, Our Andromeda (2012), and So Much Synth (2016). Her work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Boston ReviewMcSweeney’s, and Best American Poetry, among other places. With C.J. Evans, she edited the anthology Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House Magazine (2009).

Poetry and Short Fiction submissions for the Matrix website. Roxanna Bennett, web editor.