The 2016 New South Writing Contest

The judges for the 2016 New South Writing Contest will be Anya Silver (poetry) and Matthew Salesses (prose). The contest will open for submissions in January 2016. First place winners in each category will be awarded $1,000 prizes; second place winners, $250 prizes; and third place winners, a three-year subscription to New South. And, as always, all pieces will be published in our next contest issue, New South 9.2.

About our judges:

Anya Krugovoy Silver is the author of two books of poetry, The Ninety-Third Name of God and I Watched You Disappear, as well as of the forthcoming From Nothing, all published by the Louisiana State University Press.  She was named Georgia Author of the Year for Poetry in 2015.  Her work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column American Life in Poetry.  She has been published widely in anthologies and journals, most recently in The Harvard Review, Image, Southern Poetry Review, Five Points, and Atlanta Review.  She is Professor of English at Mercer University and lives in Macon. GA, with her husband and son.

Matthew Salesses is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A/Amazon Publishing), an Amazon Best Book of September and a Kindle First pick, and a season’s best selection at Buzzfeed (twice), Refinery29, and Gawker. His other books include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (Civil Coping Mechanisms), Different Racisms (Thought Catalog Books), and The Last Repatriate (Nouvella). Matthew was adopted from Korea and has written about adoption, race, and parenting for NPR’s Code SwitchThe New York Times Motherlode, Salon, The Toast, The Millions, the Center for Asian American Media, The Rumpus, and The Good Men Project, among others. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Witness, West Branch, PEN/Guernica, and many others. Matthew has received awards and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, [PANK], HTMLGIANT, IMPAC, Inprint, and elsewhere. He did his MFA at Emerson College, where he edited Redivider Journal, and he is currently a Cambor Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston.

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