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Nonfiction Contest Extended Until March 21!

Feb 22 2014 Published by Barely South Review under Content Announcements

Old Dominion University

The MFA Creative Writing Program & Barely South Review



are pleased to announce

The 2014 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Creative Nonfiction

The Norton Girault Literary Prize, which alternates genres on a yearly basis, will be offered in 2014 for CREATIVE NONFICTION. Entries can be of any form of nonfiction (memoir, essay, reportage) up to 25 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, one-inch margins all around). The Entry Fee is $15. Multiple entries can be submitted individually, with a $15 entry fee for each. Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize: $500 and publication in Barely South Review

2nd Prize: $250 and publication in Barely South Review

3rd Prize: $100 and publication in Barely South Review

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is named after Norton Girault



And we are delighted to announce the

Judge for the 2014 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Nonfiction:

Claire Dederer is the author of the bestselling memoir Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which has been translated into 13 languages. She has written essays, criticism, and reported pieces for the New York Times, Vogue, New York magazine, The Nation, Slate, Salon, and many others. Her personal essays have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Labor Day, forthcoming in 2014 from Farrar Strauss and Giroux. She lives on an island near Seattle with her family.


  • Entries must be sent electronically through Submittable (go to https://barelysouth.submittable.com/submit and look for “Norton Girault Prize” under the categories)
  • This international prize competition is open to all writers who write in English, except MFA Creative Writing students at Old Dominion University. No translated works will be accepted.
  • All submissions must be original and previously unpublished (print, blog, or web publications included).
  • Format and Manuscript Length: A clean, typewritten or computer-processed (12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins all around) copy of the entry must be submitted.
  • Entry must be paginated, and have one (1) title page (see bullet below) with no identifying author information on the manuscript pages. Each entry must not exceed 25 pages in length.
  • Entrants may submit more than one piece to the competition, as long as an entry fee of $15 accompanies each individual submission.
  • Reading fee: $15.00 US dollars
  • Electronic Submission deadline: 21 March 2014; results announced around the end of April 2014.
  • In the event that the judge does not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, Barely South Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award in a given year.

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Why, aren’t you a crafty bunch?

Jan 17 2011 Published by Barely South Review under Content Announcements,Site News

Welcome, you street-smart, word-wily masterminds–BSR’s timely craft issue is here. Way back in October, we had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of the readers for the 33rd annual ODU Literary Festival; not only did we have the good sense to sit down, shut up and silence our cell phones, but we also talked our way into a real coup–craft interviews with almost all of the authors who came in for the event. While we were at first inclined to spirit this treasure-trove off to our very-own deserted island, we’ve instead decided to share it with the lot of you. So go on, quit wasting time–hit up the craft-interview bonanza (plus poems, stories and excerpts from the visiting writers!)

P.S. Those of you with submissions in, now that our third issue is in the bag, we’ll be turning our attention towards pending notifications.

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Issue Two’s just around the bend

Sep 05 2010 Published by Barely South Review under Content Announcements,Site News

We’ve spent the past week dodging hurricanes and typesetting poems which can only mean one thing–it’s September. Look for the second issue of BSR to drop in ten days.

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Inaugural Issue

Apr 01 2010 Published by Barely South Review under Content Announcements,Site News

We’re releasing Issue One of Barely South Review today. So what if it’s April 1st—even if our idea of a prank was to release a brand new hulking mass of literary bioluminescence, wouldn’t it be a most beautiful sort of prank? Enjoy, you highly-literate hooligans. Look for more soon from the cantankerous crew at the Barely South Review.

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