Gosia

A Canadian resident born in Poland, Gosia's art can be seen in such places as HiFructose and in galleries across Canada and the United States. Gosia will judge our first-ever art contest.

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Robert Olen Butler

Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, Robert Olen Butler has authored over twenty-two novels and short story collections. Butler will continue to judge "The World's Best Short-Short Story" contest.

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ART&WRITINGCONTESTS

2020 JUDGES

Gilbert King

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, Gilbert King's most recent book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun, was published in 2018 through Riverhead Books. King will judge our first nonfiction contest in years.

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Kaveh Akbar

Divedapper founder Kaveh Akbar is a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes whose second book, Pilgrim Bell, is forthcoming through Graywolf Press. Akbar will judge poetry.

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The Southeast Review now offers four annual contests with cash awards: The Southeast Review Art Award, The World's Best Short-Short Story Contest, The Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest, and The Gearhart Poetry Contest. The winner in each category receives $500! Winners and finalists in fiction, nonfiction and poetry are published in our biannual issue, and the winner of the Art Award is published either in the biannual or online!

 

This year's judges are Gosia (art), Robert Olen Butler (fiction), Gilbert King (nonfiction), and Kaveh Akbar (poetry).

Our contest window has been extended through April 1st!

General Guidelines

There are two ways to submit! You may either send your typed entry via snail mail to the address listed below, OR take advantage of our online contest submission option (please note all submissions are subject to an entry fee). For mailed submissions, make checks or money orders out to: The Southeast Review. Electronic and postmark deadline: April 1, 2020. 

Friends and current or former students of the judge and those who have been affiliated with Florida State University within the last five years are ineligible.

For mailed submissions, please do not send an SASE. Winners will be announced on the website in June. All contestants will receive the issue in which the winning submissions appear.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered. If you want to withdraw any individual pieces from consideration (in the case of our poetry or short-short story contests), please log in to Submittable and add a note to your submission telling us which pieces you wish to withdraw.  In the case of mailed submissions, please contact the appropriate genre editor.

Genre Guidelines

The Southeast Review Art Contest

 

In Spring 2018, Southeast Review created SER TWO: This Week Online with the dual purpose of serving a broader readership and expanding our journal’s understanding of what it means to publish literary works online. With this came the opportunity to publish in new genres such as poetry comics, traditional art media, digital art, and video art, among others. While SER had incorporated artwork into our biannual issue since the first issue in 1979, the advent of TWO made it possible to draw attention to and support the work of a wider variety of artists. Effective Spring 2020, after two years of TWO, SER officially moved the biannual issue online: not only can readers purchase a print copy of the biannual, but they may now also access a digital version of the issue for free on our site.

 

With these changes, we seek to expand our community. We wish to join other genres of journals in conversation, to bring attention to some of the talented artists whose works may not have yet received their deserved recognition. As such, we solicit art submissions for this inaugural contest in all fine art genres: drawing, painting, illustration, photography, comics, video art, and so on—if you can name it, we’re interested. The winner will be published either in the biannual issue or online, depending on the medium of their work and the journal’s needs, and awarded $500. While criteria for submissions will vary based on the submitter’s chosen genre, visual art should aim for a portfolio of five (5) to eight (8) of the artist’s best works. These artworks can be previously advertised or published in other journals or exhibited in galleries. Each visual artist should submit no more than one portfolio per contest year. 

 

 

The World's Best Short-Short Story Contest

In 1986, Jerome Stern, the then-director of Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program and renowned author of Making Shapely Fiction among other books, founded this contest to celebrate what he called “micro fiction” (submissions at that time were required to be under 250 words, and the winner received a crate of oranges as well as a check). Stern passed away from cancer in 1996 and though the guidelines and prize have changed since then, we are grateful to have a modern master of the short-short story judge the entries annually, and continue to hold the contest in memory of Stern.

 

Send up to three short-short stories per submission, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Each short-short story should be no more than 500 words. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your short-short stories in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the short-shorts themselves. One winner (awarded $500) and up to five finalists will be announced in Summer 2020 and will appear in our biannual issue Spring 2021.  For mailed submissions, label envelope: WBSSSC. Do not address your submission directly to the judge.

 

 

The Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest

 

The Southeast Review’s inaugural nonfiction contest is established in honor of the memory of Dr. Ned Stuckey-French, whose legacy will last as one of service to the literary community, hospital workers’ unions, students, and beyond. We recognize his spirit of selfless service as a model after which our masthead wishes to personally aspire, and his unflinching dedication to truth and its telling as a professional goal for the nonfiction we publish and produce.

 

We seek work for our contest in this vein: nonfiction that prods and pressures expectations; that speaks to the personal against the powerful; and, most importantly, that prioritizes soul, heart, and service. Send one essay, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of your essay in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the essay itself. For mailed submissions label envelope: Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest. Do not address your submission directly to the judge. The winner and finalist(s) will be published in our biannual issue Spring 2021, and the winner will receive $500. We look forward to reading your submissions.

 

 

The Gearhart Poetry Contest

 

This contest was developed in 1996 to honor Michael Wm. Gearhart, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at FSU who died suddenly at the age of 39 as he was completing the final steps of his degree. The contest continues to support the production of SER (known by the name Sundog: The Southeast Review during Michael’s tenure) in his memory.

 

Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your poems in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the poems themselves. One winner (awarded $500) and up to five finalists will be announced in Summer 2019 and will appear in our biannual issue Spring 2021. For mailed submissions label envelope: Gearhart Poetry Contest. Do not address your submission directly to the judge.

Address

The Southeast Review

Department of English

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL 32306

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