• Contest

    We are thrilled to announce our  judges for the inaugural Sand Hills National Literary Contest — Rebecca Makkai and Eric Smith.

    The winner in each category is awarded $250 in prize money and publication in Issue 44 of Sand Hills, coming Spring 2020!

    Contest open now until March 1, 2020

    2020 JUDGES

    Rebecca Makkai 

    is the award-winning author of The Great Believers, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. She is also the author of The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime.  Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

    Eric Smith

    is the Managing Editor at The Sewanee Review. His work has appeared in the journals 32 Poems, Southwest Review, The New Criterion, Pleiades and The Rumpus. Black Hole Factory, Smith’s first book of poetry, was published last year by the University of Tampa Press and won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.

    GENERAL GUIDELINES

    Fiction

    Guest Judge: Rebecca Makkai

    Please submit one short  story up to 5,000 words in length.

    All work must be typed  (preferably in 12 point, Times New Roman), double-spaced, and  paginated. Include the title of your work and the total word count on  your manuscript.

    All entrants will receive a free copy of the upcoming issue.

    Poetry

    Guest Judge: Eric Smith

    Please include only three poems per submission. 

    All work must be typed (preferably in 12 point, Times New Roman), and single-spaced (not  including stanza breaks). Include the title of your work on your  manuscript. 

    All entrants will receive a free copy of the upcoming issue.

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