Contests

River Styx 2016 International Poetry Contest

$1500 First Prize
2016 Judge: Heather McHugh
Submissions open January 1, 2016

  • Send up to three poems, no more than 14 pages. Please include all poems in a single document.
  • $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues).
  • 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
3139A South Grand Boulevard, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63118



The 2016 Founder’s Award

The Founder’s Award, now in its eighth year, is a contest held annually for the Best Poem by a high-school student in the St. Louis area. The 1st place winner is awarded $150 and full entrance to the Medinah Workshop in the summer of 2016. All current high-school students from the bi-state area are eligible. Students may submit up to five poems per entry. Each submission should include a cover letter with contact information, school name, and poem titles. Name and contact information should not appear elsewhere on the submission.

Send submissions to:

River Styx Magazine
3139A South Grand Boulevard, Suite 203
St. Louis, Missouri 63118

Submissions must be received by May 1, 2016.



River Styx 2016 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

Note: Submissions for the River Styx 2016 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest have been closed. Submissions for the 2017 contest will open in the fall.

  • 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 2016.

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 31st. Mail entries to:

River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest
3139A South Grand Boulevard, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63118




Contest Winners

Winners of the 2015 River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

Here are the results:

  • 1st Place          Matt W. Miller, "This Tune Goes Manly"
  • 2nd Place         Nancy Ludmerer, "First Night"
  • 3rd Place         Jeffrey Beck, "Biogenesis"

Honorable Mentions
  • Beth Spencer, "The Empress"
  • Tina Tocco, "Charlie"
  • Alexander Weinstein, "The Museum of False Doors"

Winners of the 2015 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, Andrew Hudgins, who selected the winners. Here are the results:

  • 1st Place         Peter Kline , "Mirrorform Psalms"
  • 2nd Place        Allison Joseph, "Weeping at Someone Else’s Funeral"
  • 3rd Place         Brian Brodeur, "Suburban Pastoral"
Honorable Mentions
  • Christopher Citro, "We Come Here Every Day So You’ve Already Won"
  • Austin Allen, "The Order of Her Room"
  • Zeina Hashem Beck, "You Fixed It"
  • Heather Altfeld, "Assignment: Describe the Uses of Beauty in Death"

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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