On your marks.
Our 2013 Contest Season has now begun!
World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest
In 1986, Jerome Stern, the then-director of Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program and renowned author of Making Shapely Fiction among other books, founded this contest to celebrate what he called “micro fiction” (submissions at that time were required 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 then, we are grateful to have a modern master of the short-short story judge the entries annually, and continue to hold the contest in memory of Stern.
Send up to three short-short stories per submission, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Each short-short story should be no more than 500 words. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your short-short stories in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the short-shorts themselves. Robert Olen Butler will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winner and nine finalists will be published in spring/summer 2014. For mailed submissions, label envelope: WBSSSC.
The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Contest
This contest was developed in 1996 to honor Michael Wm. Gearhart, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at FSU who died suddenly at the age of 39 as he was completing the final steps of his degree. The contest continues to support the production of SER (known by the name Sundog: The Southeast Review during Michael’s tenure) in his memory.
Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your poems in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the poems themselves. Erin Belieu will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning poem and nine finalists will be published in spring/summer 2014. For mailed submissions label envelope: Gearhart Poetry Contest.
The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest
Send one piece of nonfiction, no more than 6,000 words total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of your submission in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the submission itself. Diane Roberts will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning essay and two finalists will be published in spring/summer 2014. For mailed submissions, label envelope: SER Nonfiction Contest.
General Contest Guidelines
Now there are two ways to submit. You may either send your typed entry via snail mail to the address listed below, OR take advantage of our online contest submission option (please note all submissions are subject to an entry fee of $16). For mailed submissions, make checks or money orders out to: The Southeast Review. Electronic and postmark deadline: March 25th, 2013.
Friends and current or former students of the judge and those who have been affiliated with Florida State University within the last five years are ineligible.
For mailed submissions, please do not send an SASE. Winners will be announced on the website in June. All contestants will receive the issue in which the winning submissions appear.
About Our Contest Judges
Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels and six volumes of short fiction, including two collections of short short stories. His newest book is the novel A Small Hotel. In 1993 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is the Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at Florida State University.
Erin Belieu is the author of three poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press—Infanta, which was chosen for the National Poetry Series in 1995; One Above & One Below (2000), and her recent collection, Black Box, which was a finalist for the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is also a co-founder of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, and the artistic director for the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.
Diane Roberts has published three books on Southern culture: Faulkner and Southern Womanhood, The Myth of Aunt Jemima, and most recently, DREAM STATE: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers,
Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and other Florida Wildlife. She is also a journalist, writing op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The
Times of London. She broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio and is a commentator for NPR.
You can read the winners and finalists from our 2012 contests, listed below, in our winter/spring issue, Volume 31.1, set to arrive in February 2013.
World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest
Judged by Robert Olen Butler
Hal Ackerman, “Belle and Melinda”
Heidi Bell, “Haunted”
Stace Budzko, “Why We Will Always Love You, Vera Knightville”
Michelle Dove, “Intruders”
Sandra Jensen, “Fault Lines”
Kat Gonso, “Capture the Flag”
Rochelle Hurt, “Impossible Child”
Sam Paradise, “At The Liberty Motor Inn Motel”
Chris Tusa, “Mean Blood” and “Neighborhood Association”
SER Poetry Contest
Judged by James Kimbrell
Noel Crook, “Crows”
Johleen Adena, “I Will Stop Loving You When This War Ends”
Barrett Warner, “Ammo Domini”
John Lander, “A Place to Hide My Crumbs”
Emily Pulfer-Terino , “What Will Never Be” and “The Familiar”
Benjamin Goldberg, “Busted Mirror of Everything Under the Sun”
Les Gottesman, “My Twentieth Century” and “Tremble”
Mark Wagenaar, “A Gospel of Hands & Breath”
SER Narrative Nonfiction Contest
Judged by Jennine Capó Crucet
Ruth Moose, “A Key As Big As My Hand”
JLSchneider, “The Glass Wall”
Kelly Sundberg, “Snow. Angel. Ghost.”