Julia Peterkin Summer Literary Contest Opens June 1


Two $500 Awards

South 85 Journal, Converse College MFA program’s online literary journal, is adding poetry to it’s annual Julia Peterkin summer literary contest.

As in past years, the contest honors South Carolinian author Julia Peterkin, an1896 graduate of Converse College whose novel, Scarlet Sister Mary, received the Pulitzer in 1929.

The journal will accept submissions for the Julia Peterkin Literary Award for both Flash Fiction and Poetry from June 1 through August 1. Winners will be announced during the month of October. One winner in each genre will receive a cash prize of $500 and four runners-up in each genre will also be named and published alongside the winning selection in the Fall / Winter issue of South 85 Journal. Only the winners will receive a cash award.

South 85 Journal editors will review submissions and forward them to the presiding judges. Converse College MFA faculty member Marlin Barton will make the final selections for the Flash Fiction award and Converse College MFA faculty member Denise Duhamel will make the final selection for the Poetry award. All submissions will be read blind.

For the flash fiction award, submit your previously unpublished fiction of 850 words or less.

For the poetry award, submit up to three previously unpublished poems of 50 lines or fewer.

South 85 Journal is especially interested in work that demonstrates a strong voice and/or a sense of place, but the editors consider all quality writing.

For more information or to submit, visit the contest page on Submittable at https://south85.submittable.com/submit/118884/julia-peterkin-award-for-flash-fiction-500-prize.

South 85 Journal is a semi-annual online literary journal run by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program.  We publish fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, and art by new, emerging, and well-established writers and artists. Visit our website at http://south85journal.com.