OUR 2021 CONTESTS ARE NOW OPEN! Submit your entries between September 30 and January 1!
The Southeast Review offers four annual contests with cash awards: the Southeast Review Art Contest, 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 Contest is published in the biannual or online. Winners and finalists will be notified by Spring 2022.
See below to submit and for this year's judges and guidelines. The entry fees are $16.
Photo: Debashri Sengupta
Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest
Anjali Enjeti is the author of Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change and the novel The Parted Earth. Her writing about politics, social justice, and books has appeared in Oxford American, Harper’s BAZAAR, the Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and elsewhere.
Southeast Review Art Contest
2020 was the inaugural year of our art contest, and we are thrilled to continue it in tandem with our journal’s goal of drawing attention to and supporting the work of a wide variety of artists and art forms.
We welcome art submissions in all art genres: drawing, painting, illustration, photography, comics, video art, and so on—if you can name it, we’re interested. Artists should aim to send in a portfolio of 5 to 8 of their best works. These works can be previously advertised or published in other journals or previously exhibited in galleries. Each artist should submit no more than one portfolio per contest year.
World's Best Short-Short Story Contest
In 1986, Jerome Stern, the then-director of Florida State University’s creative writing program, founded this contest to celebrate micro fiction. Submissions had 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, we continue holding the contest in Stern’s memory, with a modern master of the short-short story judging the entries annually.
Please send up to three short-short stories per submission. Each short-short should be no more than 500 words. Do not include personal identification information within your submissions.
Only withdraw your entire submission if none of your submitted short-shorts remain available. To withdraw a single short-short, please add a note to your submission with the title you would like to remove from consideration. (Please notify us via Submittable only.)
Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest
Our nonfiction contest was established in honor of Dr. Ned Stuckey-French, whose legacy will last as one of service to the literary community, his students, hospital workers’ unions, and beyond. His spirit of selfless service is a model we aspire to, and his unflinching dedication to truth and its telling inspires the nonfiction we publish and produce.
We seek submissions in this vein: nonfiction that prods and pressures expectations; that speaks to the personal against the powerful; and that prioritizes soul, heart, and service. Please send essays up to 10 pages. Do not include personal identification information within your submissions.
Gearhart Poetry Contest
Our poetry contest began in 1996 to honor Michael Wm. Gearhart, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at Florida State University who died suddenly at the age of 39 as he was completing the final steps of his degree. The contest continues today in his memory.
Please send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total. Include no more than one poem per page. Do not include personal identification information within your submissions.
Only withdraw your entire submission if none of your submitted poems remain available. To withdraw a single poem, please add a note to your submission with the title you would like to remove from consideration. (Please notify us via Submittable only.)