2013 International Poetry Contest
$1500 First Prize
- 2013 judge is Terrance Hayes.
- $20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues).
- Send up to three poems, no more than 14 pages.
- Include name and address on cover letter only.
- Include S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results (to be mailed out in September).
- Winner published in Fall issue.
- All poems will be considered for publication.
- Previously published poems, including those that have appeared on web sites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.
- Though submissions are anonymous, the judge will remove from consideration any entries he recognizes as having been written by poets with whom he has worked or studied.
Postmark entries by May 31, 2013, and mail* to:
River Styx International Poetry Contest
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis MO 63103
*OR you may submit contest entries online via Submittable.
Winner of the 2013 River Styx Founders Award Poetry Contest
for St. Louis-Area High School Students
The entrants competing for the Founders Award demonstrated themselves to be promising young writers. The quality of submissions this year was particularly high, and we appreciated reading all of the entered poems.
- 1st Place Justin Davis-Morgan, "the sidewalks bled rainbows"
- 2nd Place Camille Casmier, "Visit to a Bathroom Stall"
- 3rd Place Rebecca Marcolina, "how to say a word"
Justin Davis-Morgan, "Palace of Electricity"
Camille Casmier, "I'll Fall Asleep Without the Chloroform Thanks"
Devi Archarya, "Winter Came Early"
Sierra Voss, "One More Cup"
Grant Dow, "April Dawn"
Grant Dow, "Dancing Nails"
Jared Dickerman, "Leviathan"
Emily Gieszelmann, "DripDrop"
Teddy Kogos, "Fishergirl"
Winners of the Seventh Annual (2013)
Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest
Thank you for submitting your work to the Seventh Annual River Styx Schlafly Micro-Fiction Micro-Brew Contest. We received over 300 submissions this year. Of those, our editorial panel selected twenty finalists and then selected the winners. We thought the overall quality of manuscripts was exceptionally high. Here are the results:
- 1st Place Ben Hoffman, "Your Baby's Mother"
- 2nd Place Claire Guyton, "High Water"
- 3rd Place Justin Herrmann, "Blue Star"
Amanda Churchill, "What We Learned While Tending Coop"
Gary Leising, "Heart Scar"
Lee Reilly, "A Fair Exchange"
Winners of the 2012
River Styx International Poetry Contest
We thought the overall quality of manuscripts was exceptional this year—many more good poems than we knew what to do with. Our contest judge, A. E. Stallings, selected the following poems and made the following observations about them:
- 1st Place Hailey Leithauser, "Minnows"
It was refreshing to run across something purely lyric. Of these, "Minnows" stood out as playful, musical, and efficient—multum in parvo. While slight in its (inch length) size, it glimmers with winking rhymes (fishes/ambitious; unglamorous/numinous, etc.), and its form—sort of an acrostic semi- or curtail sonnet—just right for its minimal subject.
- 2nd Place Debra Marquart, "Ground Oregano"
"Ground Oregano" was piquant, bitter, and funny (how refreshing to see some humor!), with the spot-on pacing of a deadpan tragic-comedian.
- 3rd Place Brian Brodeur, "Cousins"
"Cousins" is moving, well-crafted (plain spoken, subtly metered and rhymed), grounded in observation, and its understatement and restraint earn it a close as lovely as it is devastating.
Michael Hudson, "Upon Laying Aside Fitzgerald's Homer to Watch a Police Reality Show"
Josephine Yu, "Plea of the Penitent"
Alison Pelegrin, "Parading Around"
Ryan Wilson, "Man at the Party"
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."