2018 Literary Contests in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction

The editors of
Still: The Journal announce the 2018 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.” 
Contest Prizes: 

$250 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 28: Fall 2018. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2018 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Contest Judges:
Fiction ~ Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. He currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Poetry ~ Ciona Rouse

Ciona Rouse is the author of the chapbook Vantablack (Third Man Books, 2017) and poetry editor of WORDPEACE journal. Her work can be found in The Account, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary, and Talking River. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she co-hosts Re/Verb, a podcast where music, literature, and pop culture collide, and also curates several poetry experiences and reading series.

Creative Nonfiction ~ Katie Fallon

Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction books Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (UPNE, 2017) and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. Her essays and articles have appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ecotone, Terrain, Still, Fourth River, Appalachian Heritage, and elsewhere. She’s taught writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University, and currently teaches in the low-residency MFA programs at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Chatham University. 

Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines:

Submitted contest entries must be unpublished and should not have previously appeared in print or online in any form, temporarily or permanently, including blogs, social media, and websites.

Simultaneous entries are accepted. Please let us know if your submissions will be published elsewhere before the contest ends.

We accept only electronic submissions and fee payment through Submittable. The contest reading fee is $14 per entry, payable through Still’s Submittable account.
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. Poetry entries can include 1-3 poems in one file.

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).

Students/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.

Deadline is 11:59 p.m., September 9, 2018.

Winners will be notified after October 1, 2018. Winning entries and finalists will be announced publicly in Still: The Journal, Issue 28: Fall 2018.

Failure to follow any of these guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees can be returned.

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