Ends on April 1, 2018

$10.00 USD

Old Dominion University's MFA Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are pleased to announce the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry! Submit one previously unpublished poem of no more than 1,000 words via our Submittable portal on or before April 1st, 2017.

1st Prize will receive $400 and publication in Barely South Review.

2nd Prize will receive $100 and publication in Barely South Review.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is named after Norton Girault:



Our judge for the 2018 Poetry Contest is LUISA A. IGLORIA, who is the author of 13 books of poetry and 2 chapbooks. She has four daughters and now makes her home in Virginia with most of her family. She is a Professor of Creative Writing and English, and from 2009-2015 was Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University.

Her work has appeared or been accepted in numerous anthologies and journals including New England Review, The Common, Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Poetry East, Umbrella, Sweet, qarrtsiluni, poemeleon, Smartish Pace, Rattle, The North American Review, Bellingham Review, Shearsman(UK), PRISM International (Canada), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), The Asian Pacific American Journal, and TriQuarterly.

Various national and international literary awards include the 2015 (inaugural) Resurgence Poetry Prize (the world’s first major ecopoetry award), the 2014  May Swenson Poetry Prize selected by Mark Doty for ODE TO THE HEART SMALLER THAN A PENCIL ERASER (Utah State University Press, 2014); the 2009 Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize for JUAN LUNA’S REVOLVER(University of Notre Dame Press); the 2007 49th Parallel Poetry Prize (selected by Carolyne Wright for the Bellingham Review); the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize (selected by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for the North American Review); Honorable Mention in the 2010 Potomac Review Poetry Contest; Finalist in the first Narrative Poetry Contest (2009); Finalist, the 2007 Indiana Review Poetry Prize; the 2006 National Writers Union Poetry Prize (selected by Adrienne Rich); the 2006 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize (Crab Orchard Review); the 2006 Stephen Dunn Award for Poetry; Finalist, the 2005 George Bogin Memorial Award for Poetry (Poetry Society of America); the 2004 Fugue Poetry Prize(selected by Ellen Bryant Voigt); Finalist, the 2003 Larry Levis Editors Prize for Poetry from The Missouri Review; Finalist, the 2003 Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press); the first Sylvia Clare Brown Fellowship, Ragdale Foundation (2007); a 2003 partial fellowship to the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg; two Pushcart Prize nominations; a 1998 Fellowship at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Lasswade, the Midlothians, Scotland; and the 1998 George Kent Award for Poetry.   

• Entries must be sent electronically through Submittable (go to https://barelysouth.submittable.com/submit and look for “Norton Girault Prize” under the categories)
• Reading fee: $10.00 US dollars
• This international prize competition is open to all writers who write in English, except MFA Creative Writing students at Old Dominion University. No translated works will be accepted.
• All submissions must be original and previously unpublished (print, blog, or web publications included).
• Format and Manuscript Length: A clean, typewritten or computer-processed (12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins all around) copy of the entry must be submitted (up to 1,000 words).
• Entry must be paginated with no identifying author information on the manuscript pages.
• Entrants may submit more than once to the competition, as long as an entry fee of $10 accompanies each individual submission.
• Electronic Submission deadline is Midnight, April 1, 2017; results announced in May.
• In the event that the judge does not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, Barely South Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award in a given year.
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