Still: The Journal, established in 2009, is an online literary journal published three times a year in February, June and October. Our emphasis is on the literature of the Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.

We accept submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction during our annual reading period (December 1-31 of each year). We encourage established, unpublished, or emerging writers to submit their best work to Still.

We appreciate writing grounded in craft as well as experience. We are moved by lyrical writing that is compelling, distinctive, accessible, and finely written. As a purely editorial decision, we will not consider trite, light verse, genre fiction, critical analyses, inspirational or motivational advice, erotica or pornography, or any writing that purposefully exploits or demeans. We cannot accept unsolicited interviews, photography/artwork or book reviews at this time.

We will consider one fiction piece (up to 6,500 words) and/or one creative nonfiction piece (up to 6,500 words) and/or up to five poems during the reading period. Please do not submit more than once in each genre during the reading period. 

We accept only electronic submissions through our online submissions manager, Submittable. There is no submission fee.

The title of your submission should include your name and genre, (e.g. Jane Doe Poetry). Include a five-seven sentence biography in the "Identifying Information" category on the Submittable form. In your biography, please include your publications, but please list no more than four journals where you work has appeared. Book titles should include the publisher and year of publication. Please list only literary awards and prizes (not nominations or semi-finalist statuses). Generally, we are more interested in focusing on your literary accomplishments rather than on your family or your pets.

We will consider simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We will not consider previously published materials, including online publications, personal blogs, social media sites, etc.

Still acquires first electronic and indefinite archive rights. Upon publication, all other rights revert to the author. Please credit Still: The Journal as first publisher if you reprint elsewhere; we like seeing our name in print, too. Still reserves the right to reprint work at a later date if we have the opportunity to occasionally make a print anthology and want to include your work. Still: the Journal is a non-paying market.

The submission period is December 1 through December 31 of each year. We try our best to respond to submissions within 2-4 months. If you haven't heard from us within four months you may inquire about your submission via Submittable, but please not before.  

Queries can be made at editors@stilljournal.net

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the 2019 Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing mission which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”  

Contest Prizes:
$275 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 31: Fall 2019. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2019 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Fiction Contest Judge:
Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 2016, his work has appeared in a number of publications. His debut collection of stories, Any Other Place, was published by Blair in 2019. He teaches creative writing at Denison University.
 
Contest Rules and Guidelines:
Submitted contest entries must be unpublished and should not have previously appeared in print or online in any form, temporarily or permanently, including blogs, social media, and websites.

Simultaneous entries are accepted. Please let us know if your submissions will be published elsewhere before the contest ends. Please withdraw submissions using the online submission system.

We accept only electronic submissions and fee payment through Submittable. The contest reading fee is $15 per entry, payable through Still’s Submittable account.

An entry is defined as: one short story.

Multiple submissions in all genres are acceptable as long as you pay a separate entry fee for each submission. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Manuscripts should be formatted in a standard 12-point font and should have numbered pages. Prose must be double spaced.

All contest entries are processed and read on a “blind” basis; therefore, your name or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s). Please include your contact information and a brief biography in the Cover Letter field of the Submittable form.

Students/colleagues/relations of the judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.

Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2019 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Deadline is 11:59 p.m., September 14, 2019.

Winners will be notified after October 15, 2019. Winning entries and finalists will be announced publicly in Still: The Journal, Issue 31: Fall 2019 (published in late October 2019).

Failure to follow any of these guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees can be returned.

Inquiries or questions should be directed to contest@stilljournal.net

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the 2019 Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing mission which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”  

Contest Prizes:
$275 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 31: Fall 2019. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2019 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Poetry Contest Judge:
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She was one of ten celebrated poets commissioned to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series for MoMA. Lyrae teaches creative writing at Cornell University.
 
Contest Rules:
Submitted contest entries must be unpublished and should not have previously appeared in print or online in any form, temporarily or permanently, including blogs, social media, and websites.

Simultaneous entries are accepted. Please let us know if your submissions will be published elsewhere before the contest ends. Please withdraw submissions using the online submission system. For withdrawals of a single poem from a packet, do not withdraw the entire submission; simply leave a comment on your submission via the submission manager or write us at contest@stilljournal.net.

We accept only electronic submissions and fee payment through Submittable. The contest reading fee is $15 per entry, payable through Still’s Submittable account.

An entry is defined as: up to three poems.

Multiple submissions in all genres are acceptable as long as you pay a separate entry fee for each submission. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Manuscripts should be formatted in a standard 12-point font and should have numbered pages. Poetry should be single spaced and should not exceed 80 lines per poem. Poetry entries can include 1-3 poems in one file.

All contest entries are processed and read on a “blind” basis; therefore, your name or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s). Please include contact information and a brief biography in the Cover Letter field of the Submittable form.

Students/colleagues/relations of the judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.

Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2019 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Deadline is 11:59 p.m., September 14, 2019.

Winners will be notified after October 15, 2019. Winning entries and finalists will be announced publicly in Still: The Journal, Issue 31: Fall 2019 (published in late October 2019).

Failure to follow any of these guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees can be returned.

Inquiries or questions should be directed to contest@stilljournal.net

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the 2019 Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing mission which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”  

Contest Prizes:
$275 each for first-place winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and publication in Still: The Journal, 31: Fall 2019. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2019 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Creative Nonfiction Contest Judge: 

Gail Galloway Adams is the author of The Purchase of Order which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is professor emeritus at West Virginia University, where she taught creative writing for over twenty years. Adams served as fiction editor for Arts and Letters: A Literary Journal and for the Potomac Review. She has recently taught at Kenyon College, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and the Wild Acres Writers Workshop.
 
Contest Rules and Guidelines:
Submitted contest entries must be unpublished and should not have previously appeared in print or online in any form, temporarily or permanently, including blogs, social media, and websites.

Simultaneous entries are accepted. Please let us know if your submissions will be published elsewhere before the contest ends. Please withdraw submissions using the online submission system.

We accept only electronic submissions and fee payment through Submittable. The contest reading fee is $15 per entry, payable through Still’s Submittable account.

An entry is defined as: one work of creative nonfiction.

Multiple submissions in all genres are acceptable as long as you pay a separate entry fee for each submission. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Manuscripts should be formatted in a standard 12-point font and should have numbered pages. Prose must be double spaced.

All contest entries are processed and read on a “blind” basis; therefore, your name or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s). Please include contact information and a brief biography in the Cover Letter field on the Submittable form.

Students/colleagues/relations of the judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.

Previous first-prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2019 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

Deadline is 11:59 p.m., September 14, 2019.

Winners will be notified after October 15, 2019. Winning entries and finalists will be announced publicly in Still: The Journal, Issue 31: Fall 2019 (published in late October 2019).

Failure to follow any of these guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees can be returned.

Inquiries or questions should be directed to contest@stilljournal.net

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