The Georgia Review Prose Prize runs November 1 to January 15. The best short story and essay will both be published in The Georgia Review. This year the overall winner, chosen between the two, will also receive $1,500. The runner-up will receive $600. Writers from all backgrounds are invited to submit.
This year’s Prose Prize judge is Danielle Evans, author of the story collections The Office of Historical Corrections and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Her first collection won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Hurston/Wright award for fiction, and the Paterson Prize for fiction; her second won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and was a finalist for the Aspen Prize, the Story Prize, the Chautauqua Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. She has also been awarded the New Literary Project Oates Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s annual “5 under 35” honorees. Her stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Best American Short Stories. Evans is an associate professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Submissions must be sent either through Submittable between November 1 and January 15 or by mail postmarked within the same span of time. An entry should include either one short story or one essay. Only one entry per writer. Submissions cost $30, which includes a one-year subscription to The Georgia Review. Current subscribers will receive a one-year renewal. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, writers must notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. All entries will be considered for publication.
Postal submissions: Include (1) a cover letter that provides your phone number and email address, (2) a self-addressed and stamped envelope for announcement of contest winner and notice of whether your work has been selected for publication, and (3) if you are not a current subscriber, a check for $30 for your entry fee and subscription. Checks should be made payable to The Georgia Review, and envelopes should be addressed to The Georgia Review Prose Prize, The Georgia Review, Room 706A Main Library, the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-9009.
Please note that students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently affiliated with the University of Georgia are ineligible for the contest. Intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of a judge are also ineligible to enter.