2018-2019 Annual Contest Winners

The following works will be published in the 2019 issue of The Chestatee Review, available in April. Poetry | Judged by Jessica Fjeld 1st: Untitled by Gage Walker  2nd: “Sugar plum” by Elizabeth Devine  3rd: “a distant memory” by Adream Thompson    Short Story | Judged by Kevin Welch 1st: “Flesh Detectors” by Brianna Schantz  2nd: “The Tie Between Our Worlds” by Ronna Mcallister  3rd: “Desolate” by Taylor Nix     One-Act Play | Judged by Brent Griffin 1st: “Death with... Continue Reading →


Submit to The Chestatee Review’s 2019 Valentine’s Writing Contest

Deadline: Midnight on Friday, February 1, 2019. Guidelines: Submit up to 3 poems or 2000 words of fiction incorporating the theme of love and/or romance. To submit: Email submissions as a Word document to chestatee.review@ung.edu with the subject line #ValentinesWritingContest. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place submissions will be published in the 2019 issue of The Chestatee Review, available... Continue Reading →

Read Gage Walker’s “Sweet Little Girls in Pastel Colored Headbands,” 1st Place Winner of the 2018 Gothic Writing Contest

“Sweet Little Girls in Pastel Colored Headbands” By Gage Walker but you had a greasy little ponytail. It was dirty blonde, you were clean sad, blue. you made me feel a medicated sadness. It was being pumped into my brain Jell-o, or pudding. I wanna keep you in here with me warm, and spoon feed... Continue Reading →

Read Claire Harman’s “On His Lonesome,” 2nd Place Winner of the 2018 Gothic Writing Contest

"On His Lonesome" By Claire Harman   On his lonesome, A scarecrow stands— Back field blues, dotted with withering cornflower, Bachelor’s buttons Sewn tight between flannel, under pin-stuck glower, Mocking crow’s feet Sidled on shoulders; on fabric creased and worn, Wrought stiff and still, Crucified plainly for crimes yet questioned, stitched to scorn, Frayed, frocked,... Continue Reading →

Read Claire Harman’s “Gallows Bird,” 3rd Place Winner of the 2018 Gothic Writing Contest

"Gallows Bird" By Claire Harman   A hallowed fiend is he, the bird atop the sill, A fickle muse, from somewhere over distant rill. Hear! Nevermore, the raven calls, shrill voice cawing, He taps his beak in jest, his twisted feet still clawing.   A poet’s demon, the bird with human cry, A poet’s omen,... Continue Reading →

Story Structure For Nanos

Whether you're writing for NaNoWriMo or just working on your own terms, having a functional understanding of traditional plot structure can be seriously helpful when you're trying to bring some order to your ideas. This post can help you visualize when what is supposed to happen where, and includes some links to structural wisdom from writer Ingrid Sundberg on traditional, and non-traditional story structure.

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