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.