Annual Writers’ Festival Contest

Each year in preparation for its annual Writers’ Festival in the spring, the Agnes Scott College Department of English holds a writing contest for students enrolled in colleges and universities in the state of Georgia during the fall of that year. Entries in four categories—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (the personal essay), and dramatic writing (the one-act play) are accepted until the deadline, usually the first week in December. Entries are judged by writers not associated with the college, and the finalists’ works are published in the festival magazine. The festival guest writers choose a prizewinner in each of the four categories, and those selected receive a cash prize. 

$500 first prize in each genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama

Submission deadline: Dec. 1, 2016

Finalist Judges: Claudia Rankine, Mat Johnson, and Kayla Miller

Contest rules appear below. For information about the event, or to receive an electronic copy of the rules, write Prof. Nicole Stamant at Entries not following these rules will not be considered. 

Contest Rules:

• The Writers’ Festival competition in poetry, short fiction, personal essay, and one-act play is open to anyone currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in a college or university in the state of Georgia.

• Works submitted must be previously unpublished except in campus newspapers or campus literary magazines. Finalist entries will appear in the Festival Magazine; authors retain all rights to their materials and may publish them elsewhere after the competition.

• Entries must be submitted as Word-compatible email attachments to Professor Nicole Stamant at Receipt will be confirmed by return email. Each story, essay, play, or set of poems must be in a separate file. The author’s name must not appear within the file. The covering email message must include the author’s name, school, email address, and phone number, followed by a list of titles of all works submitted, including of individual poems.

• Each entrant may submit up to five poems, up to two stories, up to two essays, and two plays. Entries must be typed in a standard 12-point black-type font (no script fonts) and entries in short fiction and the personal essay must be double-spaced. Entries may use global formatting (for example, first line indents) that can easily be changed to our template for publication.

• Stories and personal essays must be no longer than 5000 words, poems no longer than 100 lines. Playscripts must be no longer than 30 pages and must be typed in the approved professional format. (See “Guidelines” from Samuel French publishers.)

• The deadline for receipt of entries is December 1.

• Finalists will be notified by email and will be allowed to make minor changes of their work before publication.