Fiction & Poetry Contests

Accepting submissions Oct. 1 – Dec. 31

For 2013 Winners and Finalists, click here.

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

WINNER: $500, publication and a year subscription

FINALISTS: will be named on our website

  • Submissions must be original, previously unpublished works of fiction, no longer than 7,500 words.
  • Reading fee: $15 (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 if the submission stands alone as a complete short story.
  • 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 story. Any story with identifying material will be disqualified.

Kay Murphy Prize  for Poetry

WINNER $500, publication and a year subscription

FINALISTS: will be named on our website

  • Submissions must be original, previously unpublished poetry.
  • Reading fee: $15 (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.

Submission Options:

1. Submit Online >>

2. Submit by mail. Follow the above submission guidelines and mail with $15 check or money order made out to:

UNO Foundation
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.

View Past Winners

UNO students and alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years are not eligible for publication in Bayou Magazine. We encourage the UNO affiliated to check out our sister magazine, Ellipsis.

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