Literary contest open to poetry, fiction and nonfiction


The 2010 New Southerner Literary Contest is open to previously unpublished poetry, fiction and nonfiction from April 1 through October 1. Although the contest theme is open, we are especially interested in work that relates to our mission, which is promoting self-sufficiency, environmental stewardship and local economies. We are also interested in works by writers with a Southern connection, and works written with a Southern slant or that focus on Southern issues, people and places.

  • Prizes: $200 for winners of Fiction, Nonfiction and the James Baker Memorial Prize in Poetry; publication in the literary edition; invitation to read at a special event;
  • Finalists in all categories receive $15 and publication in the New Southerner Literary Edition;
  • Submit fiction and nonfiction up to 5,000 words;Submit poems up to 100 lines;
  • Contest fee: $10 per entry;
  • Multiple entries are accepted;
  • Simultaneously submitted entries are accepted as long as you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere; entry fee is not refundable;
  • Postmark deadline: October 1;
  • Winners will be notified by November 20;
  • Finalists and winning entries will be announced in The New Southerner Literary Edition, available online and in print at in December.
  • Final judges are Sena Jeter Naslund (fiction), Jason Howard (nonfiction) and Jeff Worley (James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry);
  • Easy online submission process. Click here to enter.

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