Contest Guidelines

Annual October Flash Fiction Contest – The Poedown

Deadline is October 14th at midnight

Submit a Halloween-themed work of flash fiction (500 words or fewer) or poetry (no more than one page)

**1st Place Prize: $25

**2nd Place Prize: $15

**3rd Place Prize: $10

Submit to:

Please write “Poedown Writing Contest” in the subject line of your submission email. Winners will be invited to perform a reading of their work on the festive evening of The Poedown.

Annual Writing Contest for Inclusion in The Chestatee Review

Deadline is November 1st

Genres include poetry, short story, one-act play, creative nonfiction, and informal essay.

Winners in each genre will be published in the Chestatee Review and receive a cash prize:

**1st Place Prize: $100

**2nd Place Prize: $50

**3rd Placce Prize: $25

First and second place winners will also be entered in the 2017 Southern Literary Festival Writing Contest.

Rules for Submission

  • You may submit works in more than one category. No more than five submissions per category will be accepted.
  • Stories, plays, and essays may not exceed 5,000 words; poetry may not exceed 100 lines for either one poem or a collective group of poems.
  • Submissions must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. All submissions except poetry must be double spaced 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Submissions must include a cover page with the following information: title of the work, author’s name, student’s 900 number, mailing address, telephone number, and fifty-word bio (written in third person).
  • Paginate your stories, plays, essays, and long poems, but do not include your name anywhere in the body of the work.
  • Send submissions as an attachment; do not copy the submission into the body of your email. Put the category in the email subject line: poetry, fiction, etc. If submitting in more than one category, send different emails for each categorical submission.
  • Works submitted cannot have been published except in UNG campus newspapers or publications.
  • Failure to comply with these rules will result in automatic disqualification.

14 thoughts on “Contest Guidelines

      1. I think “Anon” was asking if the contest is only for UNG students, not if the “bog” (sic) and comments section was only for UNG students.


  1. Can’t find any specific guidelines for the Poe Down. Must flash fiction be under 1,000 words, or is up to 2,000 permissible? Also, the theme seems to need a little explanation. Is this just for stories inspired by Poe’s poetry, generally dark or creepy stories, or should subject matter actually be taken from his poems?


  2. If I understand the rules above correctly, can we submit up to five pieces of each genre, for a maximum total of 25 different pieces per contestant? Also, does each work have to be below 5,000 words or 100 lines, or do they collectively have to be below the maximum?


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