THIRD ANNUAL LORAINE WILLIAMS POETRY PRIZE NOW OPEN
The Georgia Review announces the third annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize—$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published either in print or online. The submission period is 1 April 2015–15 May 2015, with the winning poem to be announced on 15 August 2015 and published in the Spring 2016 issue.
Submissions for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize must be sent either electronically or by regular mail postmarked within the submission period (see details below). Late entries will not be considered, nor will simultaneously submitted work. All submitted poems will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review; any selected will be paid our regular poetry honorarium of $4 per line.
An entry may include one, two, or three poems, but no more than a total of ten standard pages in 12-point or larger font. Each writer may submit only one entry per year (but may send other non-competition entries during our regular submission period of 15 August–15 May).
Current subscribers may enter the competition free of charge; nonsubscribers may begin a subscription at the time of entry—$35 for four issues, which is $5 off the regular price—or pay an entry fee of $15. A shipping fee of $15 will be added for international subscribers.
To submit by post, include (1) a cover letter that confirms the poem or poems will not be under consideration elsewhere during the judging period, (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 either $35 to begin your subscription or $15 to cover your entry fee. Checks should be made payable to The Georgia Review, and envelopes should be addressed to The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, The Georgia Review, Room 706A Main Library, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-9009.
Instructions for submitting electronically—including subscription/entry fee process—can be found at our online submission manager.
The editorial staff of The Georgia Review will read and evaluate all entries. In consultation with the rest of the staff, editor Stephen Corey will make the final decisions about the winning entry and any other poems to be accepted for publication.
Loraine Williams, the prize’s sponsor, is an Atlanta-based patron of the arts.
We do not consider unsolicited manuscripts between 15 May and 15 August. Submissions received during that period will be returned unread.
Work previously published in any form or submitted simultaneously to other journals will not be considered.
Published quarterly by The University of Georgia since 1947, The Georgia Review features an eclectic blend of essays, fiction, poetry, graphics, and book reviews. Appealing across disciplinary lines, the Review draws its material from a wide range of cultural interests—including, but not limited to, literature, history, philosophy, anthropology, politics, film, music, and the visual arts.
The Georgia Review is produced with the greatest care: we offer a well-designed format, printing on book-quality stock, and durable perfect binding of each issue’s +/-200 pages.
The best way to become acquainted with any publication is to read its recent issues. We invite you to enjoy and study our pages at your library or—even better—to subscribe yourself ($40 per year for four issues—with single copies available for $15 and sample back issues for $10).
Past contributors include veteran writers Lee K. Abbott, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Rita Dove, Stephen Dunn, Louise Erdrich, Albert Goldbarth, Susan Gubar, Ihab Hassan, Mary Hood, Greg Johnson, Judith Kitchen, Maxine Kumin, Philip Levine, Barry Lopez, Joyce Carol Oates, Linda Pastan, Pattiann Rogers, Reg Saner, George Singleton, Natasha Trethewey, Brian Turner, David Wagoner, Daniel Wallace, Gerald Weales, Robert Wrigley, and Paul Zimmer—as well as new voices such as Todd Boss, Elea Carey, Jeremy Collins, Michael Donohue, Rene Houtrides, Laura Sewell Matter, and LaWanda Walters.
Essays: We are seeking informed essays that attempt to place their subjects against a broad perspective. For the most part we are not interested in scholarly articles that are narrow in focus and/or overly burdened with footnotes. The ideal essay for The Georgia Review is a provocative, thesis-oriented work that can engage both the intelligent general reader and the specialist.
Poetry & Fiction: We seek the best work we can find, whether by Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize–winners or by little-known (even previously unpublished) writers. All manuscripts receive serious, careful attention; we try to respond within two or three months, but sometimes the ebb and flow of manuscripts causes delays. We have published stories ranging in length from less than one of our pages to more than sixty, and we have run poems of fewer than ten lines and more than one thousand. Ordinarily we do not publish novel excerpts or works translated into English, and we strongly discourage authors from submitting these.
Book Reviews: In most cases, selection of titles to be reviewed and assignments to specific reviewers are made by the editors, so unsolicited reviews should not be submitted without a prior query. However, we are quite willing to entertain proposals from reviewers concerning assignments they might like to undertake. (Separate, more detailed guidelines for book reviewing.)
Artwork: We publish reproductions (color or black-and-white) of a wide range of artwork: paintings, photography, woodcuts, ink drawings, sculpture, and more. Usually we feature one work each on the front and back cover plus an interior layout of eight additional works; our preference is for groupings that display an engaging variety within some overall thematic unity. Submissions should include fifteen to twenty images, either original slides or electronic files on CD.
1. The Georgia Review accepts submissions both online and by post. We do not accept submissions via fax or e-mail.
Paper submissions to The Georgia Review must be accompanied by a postage-paid and self-addressed return envelope. Submissions should be addressed to:
The Georgia Review
Main Library, Room 706A
320 S. Jackson St.
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-9009
To submit work electronically, please visit our online submission manager. Subscribers to The Georgia Review may submit online at no cost; all other online submissions require a $3 processing fee, which the submission manager will prompt you to pay.
Work previously published in any form or submitted simultaneously to other journals will not be considered. Submissions should be limited (except under unusual circumstances) to one story or one essay or three to five poems. All prose manuscripts must be double spaced. If a submission is known to be included in a book already accepted by a publisher, please notify us of this fact (and of the anticipated date of book publication) in a cover letter.
2. Scholarly documentation, if appropriate, should adhere to the format outlined in the MLA Stylesheet (2nd edition).
3. The Georgia Review does not consider book manuscripts. Please direct all such works or queries about them to The University of Georgia Press, Main Library, 3rd floor, 320 S. Jackson St., The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.
1. The Georgia Review pays all contributors; the current standard rates are $50 per printed page for prose and $4 per line for poetry.
2. We try to avoid having an extended backlog of accepted works awaiting publication; if accepted, your work would almost always be printed within a year—and usually sooner.
3. We are capable of printing high-quality illustrations to accompany essays.
4. The Georgia Review buys first North American serial rights only. All other rights revert to the author at publication, but we offer formal, written reassignments upon request. We ask that whenever an author reprints work that first appeared in our pages, The Georgia Review be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved.