Seeking Submissions-We Pay

We are now accepting submissions, concurrent with our annual literary contest.

Entries must be the author’s original, unpublished work and should be appropriate for publication in New Southerner. The magazine’s mission is to promote self-sufficient living, environmental stewardship and support for local economies. For more information, see our General Submission Guidelines.


  • 5,000 word limit for prose
  • 50 line limit for poetry
  • Entry Fee: $10 for ONE prose entry or up to THREE poems (each no longer than 50 lines); make checks or money orders payable to Swallowtail Press
  • Multiple entries accepted in all categories
  • Entries must be authors’ original, unpublished work
  • Postmark deadline: October 1, 2009


Poetry: James Baker Hall (author of Praeder’s Letters, The Mother on the Other Side of the World and Pleasure)
Fiction: Janna McMahan (author of Calling Home and The Ocean Inside)
Nonfiction: Cathleen Medwick (author of Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul and contributing editor to O, The Oprah Magazine)


We prefer electronic submissions. Click here and follow all instructions for submitting NONFICTION, FICTION and POETRY.

Each entry must include a title page with the following information:

  • Title of submission
  • Category (nonfiction, poetry, fiction)
  • Author’s name, address, phone number and optional e-mail address

Names and personal information will be removed for judging purposes.

Hard copy submissions should be mailed to New Southerner, 375 Wood Valley Lane, Louisville, KY 40299; include a personal check or money order for $10 payable to Swallowtail Press for each entry. ONE prose piece or up to THREE poems count as one entry.

Questions regarding entries should be directed to

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