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Annual Prize Contest

The annual Arts & Letters Prizes submission period is now closed. We are now in the blind review of submissions; finalists will be submitted to our final judges late April/early May, and we will announce winners in June.

The Arts & Letters Prizes competition offers publication and a $1000 (US) prize for winners in: Fiction (Short Story), Poetry, Drama (One-Act Play), and Creative Nonfiction (Essay). A $15 submission fee (or $17 for online submissions), payable in US dollars, includes a subscription to two issues of Arts & Letters as well as a one-year subscription to Arts & Letters PRIME. All submissions will be considered for publication. (International authors: Please see below for our new policy concerning international submissions.)

In addition to publication and $1,000 prize, the prize-winning one-act play is produced at the Georgia College campus (usually in March); the winning playwright is brought to campus to attend the production and receive the prize.

Submission Deadline: Submissions should be postmarked February 1 to March 31. We also accept online submissions to the prize during the same time period.

For all submissions: Submit only original, unpublished work in English. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the editors are notified immediately that the work has been accepted elsewhere. Authors may submit more than one manuscript; however, each submission should include the required entry fee of $15 (or $17 for online submissions.) Please make checks or money orders payable to “GCSU” (note “Arts & Letters” in the memo section).

Include a cover sheet with your name, address (where you want your subscription/s to be sent), phone/email contact information, and the title of your work. For those submitting more than one manuscript, you may designate a gift subscription to be sent (please provide name and address where you want the subscription sent). Send a no. 10 self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to receive an announcement of winners (usually in late June/early July). No manuscripts can be returned.

The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript, only in the cover letter (for creative nonfiction, if relevant to this policy, please avoid using your full name in the manuscript).

For fiction and creative nonfiction: Submit one story or essay, typed, double-spaced, no more than 25 pages long.

For poetry: Submit up to six PAGES of poetry, typed, single-spaced, one poem (or part of a poem) per page.

For one-act plays: Submit one work, typed in standard format.

For all submissions: Please mail your submission unfolded and unstapled in a large-size manila envelope and write “Fiction,” “Poetry,” “Nonfiction” or “Drama” on the outside.

For online submissions only: Please make sure to include your address (for where you want your subscription to be sent) when prompted. Please also remember not to include your name anywhere on your document, though you will need your name and contact information on the cover sheet.

Go to the Online Submissions Manager.

Send to:

Arts & Letters Prizes
Campus Box 89
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Special Information for International Authors: Please submit online if possible. Your entry fee also entitles you to our digital supplement journal, Arts & Letters PRIME, which appears in the fall and, with new material, again later in the year as well as a PDF of our current issue.

However, if an international author is able to use a US mailing address (or wishes to have a gift subscription mailed to a friend in the US), please tell us so in a cover letter, provide us the appropriate US mailing address, and include the usual $15 reading fee for hard-copy submissions.

Also: International authors do not need to send a SASE or International Postal coupons for notification of winners. If the author will provide an e-mail, we will send the results (usually late June/early July) via e-mail (this information will also be listed on our web site).

Over the years, Arts & Letters has been supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.