Literary LEO 2020!





On March 11, 2020, we’re turning LEO over to you, all of our creative readers.

Literary LEO will accept submissions from Sunday, Jan. 12 until Sunday, Feb. 9. Click here to enter!

So get to writing, shooting and drawing!

Picture your picture on the cover of LEO. Imagine your fiction or poetry published in our pages. And back this year — Your short graphic novel and cartoon in the paper!

Yep, here it is — the call for the 2020 Literary LEO, our annual writing and photography contest. Winners will be published in the Literary LEO issue and celebrated at a party on the week of publication.

We will display the winners’ photos and graphic art, and winners will be asked to read their works aloud.



(1) Short Fiction (up to 1,000 words)

(2) Poetry (up to 48 lines)


(3) A single-page, multiple-panel cartoon.

(4) A single-panel cartoon that must be about Louisville.



(5) Color Photography — a single photo

(6) Black-And-White Photography — a single photo

Do not include your name or other personal identification in the uploaded files or in the file metadata, please.


$125 for first place; $75 for second place; $50 for third place, in each category.

Submission Fee: $5 per category. For example, color photography is a category.

THE RULES (read carefully):

You may submit one entry in a single category or in all of them. Do not include your name or any personal identification on your submissions. Stories, poems or photos with names or personal identification will be disqualified.


Files must be submitted as a .jpg and in a resolution of at least 200 dpi, with 300 dpi preferred.


Text must be submitted in one of these formats: Word (.doc or. docx) or Rich Text (RTF).

For all entries, the title on the document must match the file name. For instance, if the poem is called “Roses,” then the file name will be “Roses.” If the piece does not have a title, then use “untitled” in the file name and on the document.


Must be submitted as a .jpg and in a resolution of at least 200 dpi, with 300 dpi preferred.

The title on the document must match the file name.

Winners will be notified and invited to attend the party.

By submitting material, authors grant LEO one-time print publishing rights, including permission to publish material on LEO’s website. LEO employees and regular freelancers are not eligible.

Winners will be published in the March 11, 2020 issue of the LEO Weekly.