Postmark/Submittable deadline: September 15.

The 2017 Contest opened February 16th. Winners will be announced by December 31.

Winners of the Fiction and Poetry Prizes will each receive a $1000 cash award and publication in The Greensboro Review.


Fiction -  Jury of Matrons by Jacob M. Appel
Poetry -  "Serving Time" by Lisa Dordal


Fiction -  Pinched Magnolia by Leigh Camacho Rourks
Poetry -  "Aubade" by Juliana Daugherty


Fiction -  Heartbreak Grass by Khanh Ha
Poetry -  "The Dogs of Mongolia" by Nathan Slinker

Entries must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions; please let us know IMMEDIATELY if your work is accepted elsewhere. Fiction entries should be no longer than 25 typed, double-spaced pages. Each story counts as one entry. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages. Postal submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope for reply. Manuscripts will not be returned. Electronic submissions are accepted via Submittable; no e-mail submissions are accepted. Winning manuscripts will appear in the Spring issue of The Greensboro Review, which is published in March following the close of the contest.

Entry fee: $14 for each entry. Make checks payable to The Greensboro Review. Each fee purchases a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription.

Mail entries to:
The Robert Watson Literary Prizes
The Greensboro Review
MFA Writing Program
3302 MHRA Building
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

The outside of the envelope must be marked “Fiction” or “Poetry.” Each entry in each category must be mailed in a separate envelope.

All manuscripts not accepted for publication by The Greensboro Review will be released to the authors by December 31.