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.
To enter, send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee. 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. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. If you want to withdraw any individual pieces from consideration, please log in and add a
note to your submission telling us which pieces you wish to withdraw. Barbara Hamby will judge. One winner (awarded $1,000) and up to five finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2018 and will appear in Volume 37.1 (Spring 2019).
Important note: Please send up to three poems in each submission. In this case, you need only pay the submission fee once! However, if you wish to submit another group of three poems, you will need to pay an additional $16 entry fee.