Call for Submissions

Agnes Scott College is now accepting entries for the 44th annual writers’ festival! The entry deadline is December 1, 2014.

Contest categories include poetry, short fiction, personal essay, and one-act play. A prize of $500 will be awarded during the festival to the winning entry in each category. Contest finalists will be notified by email in January. Their work will be included in the Festival Magazine, which is published in March, and they will be invited to a lunch and workshop on March 27.

Only entries following these contest rules will be considered:

  • 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  • Works submitted must be previously unpublished except in campus newspapers or campus literary magazines.
  • Each entrant may submit up to five poems, up to two stories, up to two essays, and one play. 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.

The deadline for entries is December 1. Finalists will be notified by email and will be allowed to make minor changes of their work before publication; authors retain all rights to their materials and may publish them elsewhere after the competition.

For information about the event, or to receive an electronic copy of the rules, please email Professor Nicole Stamant at

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