On your marks.
Our 2014 Contest Season is now closed, but look for information about our 2015 Contest Season this fall!
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. Previously published work will not be considered. Robert Olen Butler will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winner and five finalists will be published in spring/summer 2015. 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. Previously published work will not be considered. Barbara Hamby will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning poem and five finalists will be published in spring/summer 2015. 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. Previously published work will not be considered. Mark Winegardner will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning essay and two finalists will be published in spring/summer 2015. 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 15, 2014 MARCH 24, 2014!
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.
Send mailed submissions to: OR Upload your entry via:
The Southeast Review SUBMITTABLE
Department of English
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306
- About Our 2014 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.
Barbara Hamby was born in New Orleans and raised in Hawai’i. She now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband, the sublime poet and all-around molto fun guy, David Kirby. She teaches creative writing in the English Department at Florida State University.
Mark Winegardner, who writes fiction and nonfiction, is the Burroway Professor of English. He was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio, near what was once known as Exit 2, a town of 8,000 which supplies the world with its Dum-Dum suckers and Etch A Sketches. He is the winner of a University Teaching Award (2004) and a University Mentoring Award (2006). He has also won grants, fellowships and residencies from the Ohio Arts Council, the Lilly Endowment, the Ragdale Foundation, the Sewanee Writers Conference and the Corporation of Yaddo.
Winegardner's books have been translated into more than twenty languages and sold almost two million copies worldwide. They have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List and in best-of-the-year lists by The New York Times Book Review, the New York Public Library, The American Library Association, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Sun-Times. In 2004, Cleveland Magazine named Crooked River Burning the best book ever written about Cleveland.
His work has appeared in such magazines as Doubletake, GQ, Men's Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American, Playboy, Ploughshares, Story Quarterly, and TriQuarterly. The varied subjects of his nonfiction have included art forgery, Cuban defectors, Congressman Louis Stokes, the Clown Prince of Baseball, the Southern Literary Mafia, and beer.
can read the winners and finalists from our 2013 contests, listed
below, in our winter/spring issue, Volume 32.1.
- World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest
judged by Robert Olen Butler
Kat Gonso, “A Pinch of Salt”
Shannon Beamon, “The Skeletons That Make Your Closet”
Kelsie Hahn, “What My Daughter Is Holding”
Alisha Karabinus, “Begin Again With Heat”
Julia LoFaso, “The Envoy”
Heather Michaels, “These External Manners of Lament”
Eliot Wilson, "Costco", "The Homeowners Association", "Match.Com: A Lovesong in Two Voices", and "Uncle Frank Meets Charlton Heston"
- SER Poetry Contest
judged by Erin Belieu
Elizabyth Hiscox, “Night Being the Consort of Chaos In Milton”
- Finalists Selected by the Editors of SER:
Rachel Contreni Flynn, “Gratitudes: Detasseling”
Jonathan Greenhause, “All Is Noise & Music”
Elizabyth Hiscox, “Cellular Physic”
Allan Peterson, “Lasting”
Christine Salvatore, “Betrayal”
Vivian Shipley, “No Gold Lamé for Me”
Kathryn Weld, “Seed Bed”
- SER Narrative Nonfiction Contest
judged by Diane Roberts
Pamela Balluck, “Parts of a Chair”
Elizabeth McConaghy, “Little Gods”
Sam Shaber, “I Am 40”