Contests

Results from the 2014 River Styx International Poetry Contest are in!

River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

$1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer
Judged by the editors of River Styx
Submissions open August 1, 2014

  • 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.
  • Entry fee: $10 or $20. $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues). $10 entry fee includes a copy of the issue in which the winning stories will appear.
  • Include name and address on the cover letter only.
  • All stories will be considered for publication.
  • Previously published stories, including those that have appeared on websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.
  • Though submissions are anonymous, judges will remove from consideration any entries they recognize as having been written by writers with whom they have worked or studied.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and honorable mentions will be published in the spring issue.
  • Contest results will be announced in April.

Enter by mail or online via Submittable. To enter by mail, include an S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results and a check payable to River Styx Magazine. Entries must be received by December 31. Mail entries to:

River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis MO 63103


River Styx 2015 International Poetry Contest

$1500 First Prize
2015 Judge: TBA
Submissions open January 1, 2015

  • Send up to three poems, no more than 14 pages. Please include all poems in a single document.
  • Entry fee: $10 or $20. $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues). $10 entry fee includes a copy of the issue in which the winning poems will appear.
  • Include name and address on the cover letter only.
  • All poems will be considered for publication.
  • Previously published poems, including those that have appeared on websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.
  • Though submissions are anonymous, judges will remove from consideration any entries they recognize as having been written by writers with whom they have worked or studied.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and honorable mentions will be published in the fall issue.
  • Contest results will be announced in October

Enter by mail or online via Submittable. To enter by mail, include an S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results and a check payable to River Styx Magazine. Entries must be received by May 31. Mail entries to:

River Styx International Poetry Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis MO 63103


River Styx 2015 Founder's Award

The River Styx Founder's Award is an annual poetry contest for high school students. Winner recieves $150 prize, with full scholarship to the Medina Workshop for High School Students.

Submissions open Spring 2015

  • Entrants may include up to five original poems on separate pieces of paper.
  • Poems should be titled and should not include the student’s name on the poems themselves.
  • On a separate cover sheet, please include student poet’s name, titles of submissions, the poet’s age, grade, school, address, phone number, and e-mail.
  • Winners will be announced in the first week of May.

To enter, send your submission by May 1 to:

River Styx Founders Award
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis, MO 63103



Contest Winners

Winners of the 2014 River Styx International Poetry Contest

We received a number of strong entries to the River Styx International Poetry Contest this year. Our editorial panel selected a number of poems to send to this year's final judge, Joan Murray, who selected the winners. Here are the results:

  • 1st Place         Adam Scheffler, "Contemporaries"
    What our judge had to say: "It’s a very accomplished accretive poem that pays off our anticipation with specifics and surprises, and lets us chuckle right through the inevitable."
  • 2nd Place        Brian Patrick Heston, "Overtime"
    What our judge had to say: "It’s a jewel-like yet gritty poem that lifts a dark moment to the light and pulls us inside with curiosity, reluctance, and empathy."
  • 3rd Place         Suzanne Cleary, "Making Love While Watching a Documentary on Lewis and Clark"
    What our judge had to say: "It’s an appealingly drowsy meditation on expectation, imagination, and disappointment—in history, on TV, and in bed."
Honorable Mentions
  • Myra Shapiro, "Put the Kettle On"

Winners of the 2014 River Styx Founder's Award

The River Styx Founder's Award is an annual poetry contest for high school students. First-place winner receives $150 prize and a full scholarship to the Medinah Workshop for High School Students. Second- and third-place winners receive partial scholarships to the Medinah Workshop. We received close to 50 entries this year. Of those, our editorial panel selected five finalists, three honorable mentions, and four winners. Here are the results:

  • 1st Place         Jacob Hilmes, "Asleep in a Parking Lot"
  • 2nd Place        Emily Mack, "Jake and Elwood"
  • 3rd Place         Alexis Lerner, "Cold Fig Pizza" and Molly Breitbart, "Teenagers and Turkeys"
Finalists
  • Allison Dyer, "Near the Bone"
  • Hannah Llorin, "Bold"
  • Margaret Zhang, "Of Seawater and Chipping Away"
  • Alli Beard, "Fire Escape"
  • Alex Walker, "Life is Not a Test"
Honorable Mentions
  • Kate Wylie, "On Cellos"
  • Tindell Mae, "Half Bridge"
  • Kira Lovell, "Armor"

Winners of the 2014 River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

We received close to 300 entries to the eighth annual Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. Of those, our editorial panel selected twelve finalists and thirty semi-finalists. We thought the overall quality of manuscripts was exceptionally high. Here are the results:

  • 1st Place          Doug Crandell, "Dangerous to Inhale"
  • 2nd Place         Landon Houle, "Right to the Bones, Right to the Marrow"
  • 3rd Place          John Hearn, "Billy"

Winners of the 2013 River Styx International Poetry Contest

We received over 600 entries to the contest this year. Of those, our editorial panel selected thirty to send as finalists to Mr. Hayes, who then selected the winners. We thought the overall quality of manuscripts was rich, varied, and exceptional this year—many more good poems than we knew what to do with. Our contest judge, Terrance Hayes, selected the following poems and made the following observations about them:

  • 1st Place          Molly Bashaw, "A Talk With Chagall"

    "This poem stood out because of its scale and range of tone. It is propelled by wonderful imagination, tone and imagery. Lines like this one stayed with me: "You would think someone watched over these scenes with a whip made of wheat."

  • 2nd Place          Lois Marie Harrod, "Woman Finds Her Face"

    "This poem proceeds with intriguing imagery and becomes especially distinct when the first person speaker emerges: "Today dine with me..."

  • 3rd Place          Robert Campbell, "Arrhythmia"

    "This poem has a terrific sense of music and language."

    Honorable Mentions
    Jennifer Perrine, "Confidence Game"
    Robert Heald, "Twelve Dreams About You"


 



Contest Code of Ethics

We adhere to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics:
"CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to (1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and (3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage."



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