Ends on March 21, 2018

$15.00 USD

Contest Guidelines: 

The 2018 New South Writing Contest will be be judged by Safiya Sinclair in the genre of poetry and Alissa Nutting in the genre of prose. New South's contest is open to writers who have not published a book of prose or poetry (chapbooks are fine). The contest awards $1,000 to one winner in poetry and one winner in prose, and a $250 runner's up prize in each category. Your $15 entry fee also includes a one-year subscription to New South.

You may submit electronically via Submittable ONLY. Please take care that you are submitting under the contest category; regular submissions received during the contest period WILL NOT be entered into the contest.  All paper mailed entries will be destroyed. The deadline for contest submissions is March 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. (Submittable submissions will close automatically).

Each entry must include:

1) A reading fee of fifteen dollars ($15). Entry fee includes a one year subscription to the journal! 

2) The submitter's contact info, including a mailing address for your subscription. (Do not include any identifying information in the manuscript).


  • Submit up to three (3) poems per document.


  • Submit one (1) short story or non-fiction piece per $15 Reading Fee.
  • Please limit your submissions to 9,000 words.


Only unpublished work will be considered, and only writers who have not published a book of prose or poetry are eligible. While we take the greatest care in handling your entries, we assume no responsibility for lost manuscripts. Simultaneous submissions will be considered with notification. All rights revert to author after publication. Current students, staff, and faculty at Georgia State University are not eligible. 

New South publishes quality literary art promoting the work of emerging and established writers. New South holds no subject biases. The staff will select the best work regardless of style or genre. Judges from outside the staff will pick the winners from finalists selected by the New South staff. Winners will be announced in June.

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