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Agnes Scott College

Writers’ Festival Contest


Entry Deadline: December 1, 2016

Agnes Scott College’s 46th Annual Writers’ Festival will be held on the college’s Decatur campus Thursday and Friday, April 6-7, 2017.  Finalist entries in the Festival Contest will be judged by guest writers Claudia Rankine, Patrick Phillips, and Kayla Miller. On Thursday, Patrick Phillips will give a public reading at 4 p.m. Claudia Rankine will give a public reading at 8 p.m. On Friday, April 7, Kayla Miller’s public reading begins at 2 p.m.

Contest categories are poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and one-act play. A prize of $500 will be awarded during the festival to the winning entry in each category. Finalists will be notified by email in January and their work will be included in the Festival Magazine, published in April; they will be invited to lunch and workshop with guest judges, April 7.

For information about the event, or to receive an electronic copy of the rules, write Dr. Nicole Stamant at Only entries following these rules will be considered. The deadline for receipt of entries is December 1.

Contest Rules:

  • The Writers’ Festival competition in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, 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.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished except in campus newspapers or campus literary magazines.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.
  • Submit entries as Word-compatible email attachments to Professor Nicole Stamant at Receipt will be confirmed by return email. Submit each story, essay, play, or poem 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.
  • Each entrant may submit up to five poems, up to two stories, up to creative nonfiction essays, and one play. Entries must be typed in a standard 12-point black-type font (no script fonts). Entries in short fiction and creative nonfiction 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 creative nonfiction 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.)