2018 New South Writing Contest

We’re thrilled to announce that Safiya Sinclair and Alissa Nutting will be our judges for the 2018 New South Writing Contest.

Alissa Nutting
Alissa Nutting is the author of the novels Made for Love, a recent New York Times editor’s choice selection, and Tampa, as well as the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. A nonfiction book of her comedic essays is forthcoming from Ecco in 2019. Her writing as appeared in publications such as Tin House, Fence, BOMB, and Elle magazine. She is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College.
Safiya Sinclair
Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, the 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry, the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, and selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year.” Cannibal was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Sinclair’s other honours include a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Granta, The Nation, New England Review, Boston Review, Oxford American, the 2018 Forward Book of Poetry, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.


Submissions for the contest open January 1st and run through March 21st 2018.

UPDATE: We want to read more of your work so the contest deadline has been extended to March 31st 2018!

New South’s contest is open to writers who have not published a book of prose or poetry (chapbooks are fine). The contest awards $1,000 to one winner in poetry and one winner in prose, and a $250 runner’s up prize in each category. Your $15 entry fee also includes a one-year subscription to New South.

You may submit electronically via Submittable ONLY. Please take care that you are submitting under the contest category; regular submissions received during the contest period WILL NOT be entered into the contest.  All paper mailed entries will be destroyed. The deadline for contest submissions is March 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. (Submittable submissions will close automatically).

Each entry must include:

1) A reading fee of fifteen dollars ($15). Entry fee includes a one year subscription to the journal!

2) The submitter’s contact info, including a mailing address for your subscription. (Do not include any identifying information in the manuscript).


  • Submit up to three (3) poems per document.


  • Submit one (1) short story or non-fiction piece per $15 Reading Fee.
  • Please limit your submissions to 9,000 words.


Only unpublished work will be considered, and only writers who have not published a book of prose or poetry are eligible. While we take the greatest care in handling your entries, we assume no responsibility for lost manuscripts. Simultaneous submissions will be considered with notification. All rights revert to author after publication. Current students, staff, and faculty at Georgia State University are not eligible.

New South publishes quality literary art promoting the work of emerging and established writers. New South holds no subject biases. The staff will select the best work regardless of style or genre. Judges from outside the staff will pick the winners from finalists selected by the New South staff. Winners will be announced in June.


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