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The 2010 New South Writing Contest Guidelines

Poetry Prize, judged by Robert Wrigley
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $250

Prose Prize, judged by Kim Barnes

First Place: $1000
Second Place: $250

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by March 4, 2010

Reading Fee: $15.00 per entry

Each entry must include the following:

• A check or money order (NO CASH) made payable to GSU (or Georgia State University) for fifteen dollars ($15). Entry fee includes a copy of the Spring / Summer 2009 issue, which will contain the winning entries.

• A cover letter with a 3- to 4-line bio, title(s) of the work submitted, and your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

• Address poetry submissions to James Thomas Miller, Poetry Editor.
• Poems must be typed.
• Submit up to three (3) poems per $15 Reading Fee.
• All poems must have name, address, phone, and e-mail appearing on each page.

• Address fiction and non-fiction submissions to Peter Fontaine, Prose Editor.
• Manuscripts must be typed.
• Include name, address, phone, email, & word count on the first page of the manuscript only.
• Short-short stories are welcome.
• Submit one (1) story or essay per $15 Reading Fee.

While we take the greatest care in handling your entries, we assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Only unpublished work considered. Simultaneous submissions 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.

Send all work to the appropriate editor:

New South/Writing Contest
Campus Box 1894
Georgia State University
MSC 8R0322 Unit 8
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3083

For questions ONLY (no submissions, please):

About the judges:

Kim Barnes is the author of the novel Finding Caruso and two memoirs, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country—a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize—and Hungry for the World. She is coeditor with Mary Clearman Blew of Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers, and with Claire Davis of Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, MORE magazine, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.


Robert Wrigley teaches at the University of Idaho. His collections of poetry include Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006); Lives of the Animals (2003); Reign of Snakes (1999), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award; In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (1995), winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and Lenore Marshall Award finalist; What My Father Believed (1991); Moon in a Mason Jar (1986); and The Sinking of Clay City (1979). He is the Director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Idaho.

new south is pleased to announce the 2009 writing contest.

Poetry, judged by Chelsea Rathburn:
1. Sarah Blackman, "Coriolis"
2. Maya Jewell Zeller, "Monroe Street: Route 24"

Prose, judged by John Weir:
1. Megan Mayhew Bergman, "The Cow That Milked Herself"
2. Liza Wieland, "Quickening"