ART&WRITINGCONTESTS

OUR 2022 CONTESTS ARE NOW OPEN! Submit your entries between now and November 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 will be published in our biannual issue in Fall 2023, and the winner of the Art Contest will be published in the biannual or online. Winners and finalists will be notified in Spring 2023.

See below to submit and for this year's judges and guidelines. The entry fees are $16. Plus, stay tuned for info on a *free submission week* later this fall!

2022 JUDGES

Southeast Review Art Contest

Raised in Trinidad and Tobago,

Nneka Jones works in mixed media, embroidery, textiles, and paint around themes of social and environmental injustice. She has been commissioned by TIME and the Washington Post and has permanent collections at the Florida Craft Art Gallery, Ferman Art Center, and Tampa Museum of Art.

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World's Best Short-Short Story Contest

Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Robert Olen Butler has authored twenty-four novels and short story collections, including two collections of short-short stories. His most recent book, Late City, published in 2021. Butler is the long-standing judge of our short-short story contest.

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Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest

Grace M. Cho is a National Book Award finalist and APALA award winner for her memoir Tastes Like War. Her first book, Haunting the Korean Diaspora, received an award from the American Sociological Association. Her writings have appeared in Catapult, The New Inquiry, and Feminist Studies, among others. 

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Gearhart
Poetry Contest

Benjamin Garcia’s collection Thrown in the Throat won the National Poetry Series and the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. He works as a sexual health and harm reduction educator in New York. He is a CantoMundo and Lambda Literary fellow, with writing appearing or forthcoming in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and New England Review

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Contest Guidelines

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 send in a portfolio of 8 of their best works and include a list of titles, dates, materials, and dimensions. These works can be previously advertised or published in other journals or previously exhibited in galleries. Do not include personal identification information within your submissions. 

 

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 of 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.)

Submissions for Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Writers

If you are a currently or formerly incarcerated writer, or if you are submitting on behalf of one, you may submit to the contest for free via mail (see address below), or by contacting the Editor at southeastreview@gmail.com.

 

Address

Southeast Review

Department of English

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL 32306

ANNOUNCING OUR 2021 CONTEST WINNERS!

Gearhart Poetry Contest Winner

「OBAKE OBACHAN」 by Bret Yamanaka

Finalist

"Pick What Story You Would Like Me to Become" by Ashley Somwaru

World's Best Short-Short Story Contest Winner

"The Night with James Dean" by Allison deFreese

Finalist

"Chainmail Bikini" by Phoebe Oathout

Ned Stuckey-French Nonfiction Contest Winner

"A Zuihitsu: Harvesting Black Walnuts" by Laura Joyce-Hubbard

Finalist

"Salting" by Sruthi Narayanan

Southeast Review Art Contest Winner

Lauren Rice

​Congratulations to these incredible winners and finalists! The winner in each category will receive $500, and winners and finalists will be published in our upcoming biannual issue, Vol. 40.2.