Still: The Journal 2016 annual Writing Contests
in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative nonfiction
The editors of Still: The Journal announce the 2016 Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing mission which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”
$200 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 22: Fall 2016. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2016 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.
Simultaneous entries are accepted. Please let us know if your submission will be published elsewhere before the contest ends.
We accept only electronic submissions and fee payment through Submittable. The contest reading fee is $10 per entry, payable through Still’s Submittable account, which can be accessed below.
An entry is defined as: one short story, or one creative nonfiction piece, or up to three poems.
Multiple submissions in multiple genres are acceptable as long as you pay a separate entry fee for each submission. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
Manuscripts should be formatted in a standard 12-point font and should have numbered pages. Prose must be double spaced. Poetry should be single spaced. Prose entries must not exceed 6,500 words. Poetry entries should not exceed 80 lines per poem.
All contest entries are processed and read on a “blind” basis; therefore, your name or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s).
Deadline is 11:59 p.m., September 6, 2016.
First place winners in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction will be notified after October 1, 2016. Winning entries and finalists will be announced publicly in Issue 22: Fall 2016 of Still: The Journal.
Failure to follow any of these guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees can be returned.
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