The Southern Writers Symposium: Emerging Writers Contest, Dec. 1, 2011

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Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest. This year categories will feature fiction and poetry as well as creative nonfiction (particularly creative nonfiction dealing with issues of military life).

The first- and second-place writers in each category will read from their winning work at the conference and receive cash awards of $300 and $200, respectively. The contest is open to writers who meet at least two of the following criteria:

* currently live in the South;
* are natives of the South;
* write about the South.

Additionally, writers must have not yet published a full-length volume in the genre that they are entering. For example, writers are still eligible for the emerging fiction writers contest if published in volume form in nonfiction or poetry.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: December 1, 2011

Fee (non-refundable): $15/per entry payable to Southern Writers Symposium

Manuscripts of fiction and creative nonfiction considered: up to 5,000 words, typed and double-spaced

Poetry considered: a single poem or up to five in a set, typed and double-spaced

Entry must not have been previously published in any form. Entry must not have previously won recognition in any other contest. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

Submission address: Southern Writers Symposium, Emerging Writers Contest, Department of English and Writing, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville NC 28311.

Please include a cover sheet with the author's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and title and genre of work submitted as well as a brief bio and statement that the author meets the eligibility guidelines.

Winners will be announced on the Southern Writers Symposium Web site ( in mid-January, so an SASE is unnecessary. All entries will be recycled.