Contests

Deadline for Contest Submissions Extended: January 15, 2016

For Contest Winners and Finalists, click here.

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

Jamie-Poissant-200x230Judged by David James Poissant

WINNER: $1000 and a year’s subscription to Bayou

FINALISTS: will be named on our website

  • Submissions must be original, previously unpublished works of fiction, no longer than 7,500 words.
  • Reading fee: $20 (includes a copy of contest issue)
  • You may enter more than one story, but each submission must arrive in a separate envelope or online submission with its own cover sheet and entry fee.
  • We accept novel excerpts only if the submission stands alone as a complete short story.
  • Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email, and the title of your submission. DO NOT include your name on any part of the submission. Any story with identifying material will be disqualified.
  • All current and former Bayou staff, as well as current or former students of the judge, are ineligible to submit.
  • Winner and finalists will be considered for publication

Kay Murphy Prize  for Poetry

powell 200x219Judged by D.A. Powell

WINNER $1000 and a year’s subscription to Bayou

FINALISTS: will be named on our website

  • Submissions must be original, previously unpublished poetry.
  • Reading fee: $20 (includes a copy of contest issue)
  • You may enter up to three poems per entry.
  • You may enter multiple submissions, but each submission must be in a separate envelope or online submission with its own cover sheet and entry fee.
  • On the cover sheet, please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of your submission. DO NOT include your name on the pages of the manuscript. Any submission with identifying material will be disqualified.
  • All current and former Bayou staff, as well as current or former students of the judge, are ineligible to submit.
  • Winner and finalists will be considered for publication

PLEASE submit online through our submissions manager.

To submit via snail mail, follow the submission guidelines above and mail with $20 check or money order made out to UNO Foundation.  

Mail to:

Bayou Magazine

c/o (James Knudsen Prize for Fiction or Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry)

Department of English

University of New Orleans

2000 Lakeshore Drive

New Orleans, LA 70148

Bayou Magazine adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics. Further, Bayou Magazine cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with the University of New Orleans or with a contest judge.