Please read the submission guidelines. We do not accept email submissions. Any email submissions we receive will be discarded unread. Thanks!

Submissions are now open for Five South’s flash fiction prize.

The Five South Poetry Prize - $500 awarded for one grand prize winner. Two finalists with honorable mention. Pieces will be selected from a shortlist of 20 pieces. 


Formatting Notes:

  • Each flash piece must be no more than 1000 words each. 
  • 12pt font, double space, Times or Garamond
  • If you really love us, you'll use tabs instead of spaces for your indents. 


Guidelines & Info

  • Your $15 reading fee allows up to two flash pieces per entry—please put them both in one document.
  • We allow multiple submissions – each submission is subject to separate submission fees.
  • Only unpublished work will be considered for this contest – this includes self-published works (digital or print) as well as personal blogs/Medium and other online publishing platforms.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay—please let us know and withdraw your entry if you find another home for your writing. We are unable to refund withdrawn submissions.
  • All English-language submissions are welcome.
  • All entries are read blind. Please do not include any personal information on your submission.


1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE

  • $500 award
  • Publication in the print edition of our 2022 Poetry Anthology



2 FINALISTS WILL RECEIVE

  • Publication in the print edition of our 2022 Poetry Anthology



Final Notes:

  • All entries will be considered for publication in Issue 4 of Five South, our print Anthology, or our weekly feature aptly titled "The Weekly."
  • All entrants will be added to our fantastic free newsletter. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of every email.



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Submissions are now open for Five South’s poetry prize.

The Five South Poetry Prize - $500 awarded for one grand prize winner. Two finalists with honorable mention. Poems will be selected from a shortlist of 20 pieces. 


Formatting Notes:

  • Document total length may not exceed five (5) pages.
  • 12pt font, format the way you want your piece read and published
  • Times New Roman font

Guidelines & Info

  • Your $15 reading fee allows up to 3 poems per entry—please put them all in one document.
  • We allow multiple submissions – each submission is subject to separate submission fees.
  • Only unpublished work will be considered for this contest – this includes self-published works (digital or print) as well as personal blogs/Medium and other online publishing platforms.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay—please let us know and withdraw your entry if you find another home for your writing. We are unable to refund withdrawn submissions.
  • All English-language submissions are welcome.
  • All entries are read blind. Please do not include any personal information on your submission.

1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE

  • $500 award
  • Publication in the print edition of our 2022 Poetry Anthology



2 FINALISTS WILL RECEIVE

  • Publication in the print edition of our 2022 Poetry Anthology



Final Notes:

  • All entries will be considered for publication in Issue 4 of Five South, our print Poetry Anthology, or our aptly titled feature section, "The Weekly."
  • All entrants will be added to our fantastic free newsletter. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of every email.



Five South on Social Media:
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Patreon

Volunteer Reading Positions are currently being waitlisted.

To be added to our waitlist, please complete the application process and we'll let you know the moment a position opens up. 

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This is an entry level, volunteer position with administrative responsibilities. However, the position offers many opportunities to gain editorial experience by working closely with a small team of experienced editors. The poetry reader will also play a key role in determining which submissions advance to the next round of consideration, and help shape how the work in Five South is presented.

Requirements:

  • Reliable internet connection
  • Access to email
  • Fluent in English and basic grammar
  • Ability to dedicate 5-10 hours and read a minimum of 25 pieces per week
  • Be willing to commit to a one-month trial period with possible extension.
  • Must love poetry and be familiar with contemporary poets
  • Familiarity with Slack, Airtable, and Submittable a plus, but not a requirement

We're looking for self-starters who love reading and being part of a group dynamic. Five South is a (virtually) social and collaborative environment where our readers are expected to participate, join discussions, and contribute to the curation of each issue.

Ideally, you're already familiar with Issues One and Two of Five South. If not, please take a look. Read our mission statement. Follow us on social media and get to know our vibe. We're looking for cool people with cool taste. Five South aims to be a no stress environment. We want this to be fun and we want you to get something out of it.   


IMPORTANT:

  • Submit your application and cover letter
  • Because of time constraints and volume of applicants, please keep cover letters brief (1-2 paragraphs).

In your cover letter, include:

  1. Your three favorite living poets or authors
  2. Tell us who you are, what you're about. We're not your average journal and we don't want the average resume. Do you stand out? Tell us why.
  3. Tell us one thing you're most proud of.


Why isn't this a paid position?

We feel you. No one at Five South gets paid yet. We're a small, all volunteer team and we do this because we love it. Reading submissions is great experience and Five South will be your biggest advocate. Like the Olive Garden says, when you're here, you're family. We're about supporting one another and helping each other succeed. If you stick with us, we'll stick with you. We understand not everyone can afford to take on volunteer work. For those of you who can, we look forward to hearing from you.


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