The Southeast Review

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General 2016 Contest Guidelines for The Southeast Review's Writing Contests


We welcome contest submissions for a $16 entry fee via this site or U.S. Post on or before midnight, on March 22, 2016. Visit us at for more information about mailed submissions.

Friends and current or former students of the judges and those who have been affiliated with Florida State University within the last five years are ineligible.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered. If you want to withdraw any individual pieces from consideration (in the case of our poetry or short-short story contests), please log in and add a note to your submission telling us which pieces you wish to withdraw.  If your narrative nonfiction piece is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the accepted submission from us but feel free to resubmit another. 

Winners will be announced on the website in June 2016. All contestants will receive the issue in which the winning submissions appear.

About Our Judges

World's Best Short-Short Story Contest (WBSSSC):
Robert Olen Butler has published sixteen novels and six volumes of short stories, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and three of which—Severence, Intercourse, and Weegee Stories—are comprised entirely of short-short stories (225 in all). He was the guest editor for The Best Small Fictions 2015, the inaugural volume for this annual series. He has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream. He was the 2013 recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

The Southeast Review Gearhart Poetry Contest:
Virgil Suárez specializes in creative writing (fiction and poetry) and Latino/a (especially Cuban-American) literature. Poet, essayist, novelist, and short story writer, Suárez is the author or co-author of over twenty books of poetry and prose. His latest books are 90 Miles: Selected & New Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), and The Soviet Circus Comes to Havana & Other Stories (C & R Press, 2014). He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest:
Elizabeth Stuckey-French is the author of two novels, The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady and Mermaids on the Moon, as well as a collection of short stories, The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa. She is a co-author, along with Janet Burroway and Ned Stuckey-French, of Writing Fiction: A Guide to the Narrative Craft.  She was awarded a James Michener Fellowship and has won grants from the Howard Foundation, the Indiana Arts Foundation, and the Florida Arts Foundation. She teaches fiction writing at Florida State University.

You can read the winners and finalists from our 2015 contests in our brand-new spring issue, Volume 34.1.