2019 New South Writing Contest

downloadPOETRY JUDGE Natalie Eilbert is the author of Indictus, winner of Noemi Press’s 2016 Poetry Prize, as well as the poetry collection, Swan Feast (Bloof Books, 2015). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Granta, The New YorkerTin HouseThe Kenyon Reviewjubilat, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2016 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at University of Wisconsin–Madison and is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

Version 2PROSE JUDGE SJ Sindu was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. Sindu‘s first novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Debut Fiction, was selected by the American Library Association as a Stonewall Honor Book, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the VCU First Novelist Award. Sindu is also the author of the hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook I Once Met You But You Were Dead, which won the Split Lip Press Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. A 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, Sindu holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and currently teaches at Ringling College of Art & Design.

Contest Guidelines:

The 2019 New South Writing Contest will be be judged by SJ Sindu in prose and Natalie Eilbert in poetry. 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 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 April 15, 2019 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.

Other Details:

Only unpublished work will be considered, and only writers who have not published a book of prose or poetry are eligible.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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