Southern Writers Symposium

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

2015 Call for Readings, Panels, and

Writing Workshops

We are accepting proposals for readings in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction as well as panel discussions and workshops. 

Writing Workshops: Propose a workshop that gives Symposium attendees practical writing advice that enhances their writing. All genres and geographic locations welcome.

Presentation/Panel Discussion Sessions: Pitch a panel or presentation that explores any aspect of creative writing from the idea to the marketplace.  What do creative writers need to know?

Readings: Please submit creative work (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction) for a fifteen minute reading. Authors should meet at least one of the following criteria: were born in or grew up in the US South; currently live in the US South; write about the US South. Creative work does not have to be set in the South.

Emerging Writers Contest

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest. This year categories will feature fiction and poetry.

The first-place writer in each category will be invited to read from his or her winning work at the conference and receive a cash award of $400. Second place writers will receive $300. All winners will be invited to attend the Symposium. 

Please submit your work to the appropriate category below.