Words and Music Writing Competition
accept submissions from March 1st – June 15th. Final Judges for the 2018 Words and Music Writing Competition are Barb Johnson (short story category), Jerry Ward (poetry category), Chuck Reese (creative nonfiction category), Maurice Carlos Ruffin (public high school short story category), and Zachary Lazar (Beyond the Bars category).
March, the Peauxdunque Review invites submissions to the Words and Music
Writing Competition, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, creative
nonfiction, public high school short story, and “Beyond the Bars” (a
multi-genre competition for incarcerated juveniles), associated with the Words and Music writers' conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, November
15-18, 2018. Winners in the poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction categories receive $1,000 plus admission to all Words and Music conference
events. Public High School Short Story winners receive $500 plus admission to all
Words and Music conference events. First runners-up in the poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and public high school short story categories receive admission
to all conference events. The
winner of the Beyond the Bars category will receive $500. Finalists in all categories receive half-off all
conference events. Winners and first runners-up in all categories will be published in a subsequent
issue of the Peauxdunque Review.
Prose entries must be double-spaced and no
longer than 7500 words. Poetry entries may be no longer than five pages,
comprised of either one poem or up to five, with no more than one poem per page
(that is, a poetry entry may be one five-page poem or five one-page poems or
anything in between, but may not be, for example, ten half-page poems). Work must be
previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine assuming you inform
us of acceptance elsewhere.
To submit, visit peauxdunquereview.submittable.com from
March 1st through June 15th and follow these
- Select the appropriate genre
- Include a cover letter listing
your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title
of each submitted work. (Please use the "Cover Letter" form
field in Submittable; do not
include the cover letter as part of your uploaded document.) Cover letters for entry into the public high school submission category must also include the name of the student's high school and the name and e-mail address of the sponsoring English or creative writing teacher. Cover
letters for entrants into the Beyond the Bars category must indicate the name
of the entrant’s facility where they are incarcerated, age as of March 1, 2018,
and name and email address of sponsoring educator (counselor, teacher, etc.).
- Do not include your name on the
- Upload your entry. Each prose
piece constitutes one single entry, requiring one entry fee. Any
additional prose entry requires an additional submission and entry fee.
There is no limit to the amount of entries per author. One poetry entry
constitutes up to five pages of poetry (one
poem up to five pages, or up to five separate poems, no more than one poem per
Beyond the Bars category is open to any genre (poetry, short story, or creative
nonfiction, subject to the word limits or page limits listed above), but is
limited to one entry per person.
- Pay the $23 entry fee ($10 for public high school submissions; free for Beyond the Bars submissions) using
Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
- If you submit more than one
entry, even within the same genre, you must submit the $23 entry fee ($10 for public high school submissions; not applicable to Beyond the Bars submissions, which are limited to one entry per person) with
- Submit between March 1 and June 15.
will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Peauxdunque
Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are
considered for publication.
Notice: We no longer accept paper contest
Eligibility and Conflicts of
The high school short story category is open only to students in public schools.
The Beyond the Bars category is open to juveniles throughout
the United States who are incarcerated (whether in juvenile detention
facilities, jails, prisons, or any other carceral facilities); who were 18 years old or
younger as of March 1, 2018; and who can provide the name and email address of
a teacher, counselor, or other educator who sponsors the entry. Beyond the Bars
is open to writing in any genre, and is free to enter, but is limited to one
entry per person. Any additional entries beyond the first entry per person will be disregarded.
Words and Music Writing Contest winners are not eligible to enter the competition in the same genre in which they have won.
Words and Music Conference administrators, Peauxdunque Writers Alliance
members, and Peauxdunque Review staff
are ineligible to enter the contest.
Work is ineligible to win or be considered a runner-up for our contest if it has
been accepted for publication elsewhere. No exceptions. Please withdraw work
from our contest immediately if these conditions apply.
are instructed not to award the prize to entrants with whom they have had a
personal or professional relationship. Despite reading the entries with author
names removed, judges may sometimes be able to guess the identity of the
entrant. Even if they can't tell during the judging process, they have the
right to change their decision if it turns out that the entrant is someone with
whom there is any appearance of conflict of interest. Therefore, we advise
entrants not to enter the contest if the judge is someone they know personally
or have worked with professionally.