2017 Chesapeake Voices Prose Contest

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Delmarva Review is excited to announce a commemorative writing contest: Chesapeake Voices, a celebration of the history, land, people, and mythology of the Chesapeake Bay.

The contest will be judged by Laura Oliver, author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Penguin Random House, Nov. 2011) named by "The Writer Magazine" as one of the best writing books of the year, and selected by "Poets and Writers Magazine" as one of the best writing books ever published. In addition to teaching both essay and fiction writing at the University of Maryland, Oliver is currently an award-winning writer and creative writing workshop instructor at St. John's College and Washington College. More information about her can be found at her website: 

TIMELINE: Submissions are open February 1 thru May 31, 2017. Winners will be notified in July, 2017.

GUIDELINES: Submit a work of fiction or nonfiction prose, up to 5000 words, via the Submit to Contest button below. You need not be a resident of the Chesapeake Bay area, though familiarity with the region is obviously a plus.

We can only accept online submissions.

We charge a $20 entry fee per submission. There are no limits on the number of pieces you can submit. 

All entries must be double-spaced and in 12pt font. Please include a cover letter with your name and full address. Do not put your name on the submission itself.

Current Delmarva Review board and staff are ineligible.

PRIZES: First prize is $500 and publication in the 10th Anniversary Issue of Delmarva Review. If merited, two first prizes will be awarded for fiction and nonfiction. Second and third prizes will also be awarded. All entries will be considered for publication.