Submissions for the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and the Rumi Prize for Poetry are open February 1 - March 31. Guidelines can be found our website: https://artsandletters.gcsu.edu/submit/annual-prize-contest/.

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction Winners will appear in next year’s Fall issue of Arts & Letters and receive a $1,000 prize. Our prizes are made possible through generous gifts to our prize endowments from Dr. Martin Lammon, Dr. Barry Darugar, Bahram and Fari Atefat, and other friends of Arts & Letters. If you are interested in contributing to our endowments, please contact us!

Regular submissions are open August 1 - January 31.

See guidelines on our website and the descriptions below each category for more information on what we're looking for.

We nominate for the following prizes:

The Pushcart Prize
Best New Poets
Best American Short Stories
Best American Essays
Best American Nonrequired Reading

We publish new and upcoming writers along with more established writers among the ranks of past contributors including R.T. Smith, Denise Duhamel, Donald Hall, Brett Lott, Maxine Kumin, Dinty Moore, Bob Hicok, Xu Xi, Lia Purpura, Mark Jarman, and David Kirby.

We pay $50 minimum or $10 per published page.

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All fiction submissions must be typed and double-spaced with numbered pages, with a maximum of 25 pages. Please submit one attachment only. (We prefer Word documents, but you can submit a pdf if you need to.) Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please let us know immediately if your work is taken elsewhere by logging into Submittable and adding a note to your submission.



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All creative nonfiction submissions must be typed and double-spaced with numbered pages, with a maximum of 25 pages. Please submit one attachment only. (We prefer Word documents, but you can submit a pdf if you need to.) Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please let us know immediately if your work is taken elsewhere by logging into Submittable and adding a note to your submission.

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Submit up to six poems at one time as one file. Submissions must be typed, and each poem must begin on its own page. Please submit one attachment only. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please let us know immediately if your work is taken elsewhere by logging into Submittable and adding a note to your submission.



  • To withdraw only part of your submission (such as a single poem), log into Submittable, go to “My Submissions,” click on your submission to Arts & Letters, and send us a message explaining which part of your submission you are withdrawing.
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In a single attachment, submit up to 3 pieces of around 500-1,000 words each. We want punchy, tight, innovative work that thrives on in its brevity. 


All submissions must be typed and double-spaced with numbered pages. (We prefer Word documents, but you can submit a pdf if you need to.) Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please let us know immediately if your work is taken elsewhere by logging into Submittable and adding a note to your submission.

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