Prose & Poetry Contest

Our 2024 Spring Prose & Poetry Contest Edition is now closed. The submission deadline ended on May 5, 2024. Selections will be made and winners notified in June shortly before the Spring Edition goes live. In the meantime, our Fall Edition is currently taking submissions until August 18th, 2024. 
This year’s contest is awarding a First, Second, and Third prize for both prose and poetry. There are no themes or special requirements so just send us your best work. We recommend you read through previous editions or listen to the works and author interviews on our Story Discovery Podcast to get a sense of the range of creativity we enjoy.

Spring Prose & Poetry Edition Contest Details – 2024

  • First Prize $500 – One award for Prose | One Award for Poetry
  • Second Prize $150 – One award for Prose | One Award for Poetry
  • Third Prize $75 – One award for Prose | One Award for Poetry

Each category (Prose and Poetry) will be judged independently with each judge selecting their top three winners. 

The contest closed on May 5th, 2024. 

We’re pleased our contest made the Recommended by ReedsyBest Writing Contests List. Please check out their other recommended contests and consider submitting to Reedsy as well!


Onyx Publications staff will provided the initial screening with final selections by our two esteemed guest judges. One of whom is a previous Onyx alum! We are currently identifying our Poetry judge and will update the website shortly. 

Meredith Lyons

Meredith Lyons

Guest Prose Judge - Spring 2024

Meredith grew up in New Orleans, collecting two degrees from Louisiana State University before running away to Chicago to be an actor. In between plays, she got her black belt and made martial arts and yoga her full-time day job. She fought in the Chicago Golden Gloves, ran the Chicago Marathon, and competed for team U.S.A. in the savate world championships in Paris. In spite of doing each of these things twice, she couldn’t stay warm and relocated to Nashville. She owns several swords, but lives a non-violent life, saving all swashbuckling for the page, knitting scarves, gardening, visiting coffee shops, and cuddling with her husband and two panther-sized cats. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Her first novel Ghost Tamer (available on Amazon) is an Amazon Editor’s Pick for Best SciFi Fantasy, her next novel will come out in April 2025 with CamCat Books. More on Meredith at her website.

Julie Sumner

Julie Sumner

Guest Poetry Judge - Spring 2024

Julie Sumner is a writer who has worked as a critical care nurse, liver transplant coordinator, and massage therapist. She now teaches creative writing, focusing on reading poetry and writing as ways to develop resilience. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Delta Poetry Review, The Intima, Fathom Magazine, The Englewood Review of Books, and elsewhere. Her work is also featured in two Writing the Land anthologies: Foodways and Social Justice and Streamlines. Her chapbook, Meridian (available on Amazon), was chosen by poet Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2023 Wildhouse Poetry Prize. She lives in Nashville with her husband and a sneaky-smart pit bull mix named Pop Tart. More on Julie at her website.  

To submit your work for the contest please read through our Submissions Guidelines first.