The SLS 2019 Literary Contest is bigger than ever—with NEW contests and collaborators!

Deadline: February 28th, 2019 at 11:59 PM


  • Fiction & Poetry contest in collaboration with Fence Magazine:
    • 1st place in each category—free airfare, tuition, & accommodations for the 2019 SLS Georgia program, and publication in Fence Magazine.
    • 2nd place in each category—a full tuition waiver for the 2019 SLS Georgia program.
    • 3rd place in each category—a 75% tuition discount for the 2019 SLS Georgia program.


  • NEW First Chapter contest in collaboration with Graywolf Press:
    • 1st place winner will receive a full tuition waiver for the 2019 SLS Georgia program, and online publication of the winning chapter with Graywolf Press.


  • NEW Essay and Flash Fiction contests in collaboration with Scoundrel Time:
    • 1st place in each category will receive a full tuition waiver for the 2019 SLS Georgia program, and online publication with Scoundrel Time.


  • Additionally, a number of fellowships will be offered to participants across all categories based on the quality of their submissions.

General Guidelines

  • Submit your best work before February 28th, 2019 at 11:59 PM
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a $17 USD submission fee.
  • You may submit more than once (and in multiple categories) so long as each submission is separate, and accompanied by the $17 USD fee.
  • You may attach your work as a Word or PDF document.
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself, please.

Specific Guidelines

  • Fiction & Poetry Contest, with Fence Magazine
    • Fiction submissions must be under 25 pages
    • Poetry submissions may be up to 10 pages, with maximum one poem per page.
  • First Chapter Contest, with Graywolf Press
    • The submitted work must be unpublished.
    • Submissions should be a single chapter or excerpt from a chapter; not multiple shorter excerpts. It should be the first chapter of the work.
    • Submissions must not exceed 25 pages.
    • If you choose to include a brief passage to contextualize the reader (which is by no means required), this passage is included in the page limit.
  • Essay and Flash Fiction Contest, with Scoundrel Time
    • Submit a personal essay/piece of creative nonfiction  OR a piece of Flash Fiction addressing any topic related to the general theme of threats against democracy and human rights, whether that applies to groups, cultures, individuals, or landscapes.
    • Essays should not exceed 4,000 words.
    • Flash Fiction submissions should not exceed 1,200 words.

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