2020 New South Writing Contest

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Paige Lewis is the author of Space Struck (Sarabande Books, 2019). Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. Lewis is the curator of the YouTube series Ours Poetica. They currently teach at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA program at Randolph College.

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Kristen Arnett is the NYT bestselling author of the debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019). She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter‘s Literary Award in Fiction, and is a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, McSweeney’s, PBS Newshour, Bennington Review, The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her story collection, Felt in the Jaw, was published by Split Lip Press and was awarded the 2017 Coil Book Award. She is a Spring 2020 Shearing Fellow at Black Mountain Institute. Her next two books (Samson: A Novel and With Foxes: Stories) will be published by Riverhead Books. You can find her on Twitter here: @Kristen_Arnett. 


Contest Guidelines:

We are excited to announce that the 2020 New South Writing Contest will be be judged by Kristen Arnett in prose and Paige Lewis in poetry. The contest opens for submission on January 1, 2020.

New South’s contest is open to writers who have not yet published more than one 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 $18 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 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. (Submittable submissions will close automatically). Each entry must include: 1) A reading fee of eighteen dollars ($18). 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).

Each prose submission may contain one (1) short story or non-fiction piece of up to 7,500 words per $18 entry fee. Each poetry submission may contain up to three (3) poems per $18 entry fee. Entrants are welcome to submit more than once, but must pay a separate entry fee each time.

No GSU staff, students, or University system of Georgia staff or students are eligible for the prize. Any alumni who enter the contest must be five (5) years or more removed from attending GSU. Additionally, no relatives of the New South team or the judges are eligible. 

We look forward to reading and supporting your work.