Florida Voices Writing Contest

Are you a passionate writer? Enter the Florida Voices writing contest by March 15 for a chance to win up to $300 and a spot on the Word of South stage! Prose pieces may be fiction or nonfiction and all kinds of poetry are welcome.

Any current recipient of Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship is eligible.

Getting started is easy:

  1. Select your category
    • Prose – up to 500 words
    • Single Poem – up to two pages
  2. Choose an existing piece or write a new one for the contest
  3. Submit your work below, and you’ll be entered to win!

Our judges this year are Geoff Bouvier (poetry) and SJ Sindu (prose). All entries due by March 15, 2017. Winners will be announced prior to the festival.

Prizes (available in each category)

  • First: $300
  • Second: $100
  • Third: $50

All winners will have the opportunity to read their work onstage during Tallahassee’s Word of South festival.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be in .doc, .docx, or PDF format, and should include a coversheet with the author’s full name and contact information. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript itself.

Meet The Judges


SJ Sindu

SJ Sindu’s debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, is forthcoming in June 2017 from Soho Press. She was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and her hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, was the winner of the 2016 Split Lip Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. Sindu’s creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review of Books, apt, Vinyl Poetry, PRISM International, Fifth Wednesday Journal, rkvry quarterly, and elsewhere.


Geoff Bouvier

Geoff Bouvier’s first book, Living Room, was selected by Heather McHugh as the winner of the 2005 APR/Honickman Prize. His second book, Glass Harmonica, was published in 2011 by Quale Press. He received an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. In 2009, he was the Roberta C. Holloway visiting poet at the University of California-Berkeley.

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