Judged by Maggie Smith
$1,500 First Prize
Submissions are open February 1-April 30, 2018.
- Send up to three poems per submission. Please include all poems in a single document.
- $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription.
- Include name and address on the cover letter only.
- Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of contest winners.
- First, second, and third place winners and honorable mentions will be included in the winter issue.
- 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.
- The judge will remove from consideration any entries they recognize as having been written by writers with whom they have worked or studied.
- Contest results will be announced in July.
River Styx prefers submissions through Submittable. No email submissions will be considered. If you are unable to submit through our submission system, we will accept your postal submission (including a self-addressed stamped envelope for response) mailed to:
River Styx Poetry Contest
3139 A, South Grand Blvd. Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63118
Entries must be received by April 30, 2018.
2017 International Poetry Contest Winners
Our most sincere thank you to contest judge, Carl Phillips. The poems below will be featured in River Styx Issue #99.
First Place: “The Gallery of Inanimate Objects” by Bruce Bond
Second Place: “Turkana Boy” by Charles Tisdale
Third Place: “Some Other Blaze in Us” by Leslie Williams
“Gulls” by Grace Baran
“After a Busy Day, We Sit” by Lynne Burnett
“Christmas Eve” by Alan Elyshevitz
“About Paradise” by Marcia Hurlow
“Beside the River” by Stephanie Maniaci
“Give Me One Reason” by William Nolan
“New Math” by Gabriel Spera
2016 International Poetry Contest Winners
Special thanks to our judge, Heather McHugh. Read the poems shown here in Issue #97 of River Styx.
First Place: “The Cartographer’s Proposal” by John Richard Reed
Second Place: “Eat the Weed, the Stinking Rose” by Rebecca Pelky
Third Place: “Results May Vary” by Elton Glaser
“What Alien Astronauts Fear” by Jackie Craven
“Middlemarch” by Owen McLeod
“Venison” by Rob Shapiro
“Epitaph” by Matthew Wimberley
“Fisherwomen at Work” by J.H. Yun