The winning poet receives a $1,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book. Finalists will also be considered for future publication.

Judge: Charlotte Pence

Charlotte Pence will judge the 2nd Annual Arthur Smith Poetry Prize 

with preliminary readers: Catherine Childress & Candance (Candee) Reaves

Charlotte Pence’s new book of poems, Code, received the 2020 Book of the Year award from Alabama Poetry Society and was a finalist for Foreword Reviews Indie Poetry Book of 2020.  Code details not only the life cycle of birth and death, but also the means of this cycle: DNA itself. Her first book of poems, Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), won Foreword Reviews’ silver medal award in poetry. Both poetry books weave together personal experience and scientific exploration. She is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have recently been published in Harvard Review, Poetry, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, and Brevity. A graduate of Emerson College (MFA) and the University of Tennessee (PhD), she is now the director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at University of South Alabama.

Competition Guidelines

· Eligibility: We will be happy to receive work by any poet writing in English. Poems published in print or online periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Original work only; translations are ineligible.

· Format: Minimum of 48 pages. There is no maximum length, but we expect manuscripts not to be much more than 90 pages. Pages should be numbered with no more than one poem per page. Please include a title page with title only, a table of contents, and an acknowledgments page.

· Simultaneous Submissions: Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify Madville Publishing immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

· Multiple Submissions: Submission of more than one manuscript is acceptable, but each manuscript must be submitted separately and include a separate entry fee.

· International Submissions: We accept international submissions.

· Revisions: The winner will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period.


· Entry Fee: $25

· Deadline: September 30, 2022.

· Winner will be announced by December 31, 2022, and the winning collection will be published Fall 2023.

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The poet, Arthur Smith, for whom this competition is named. He fixes the viewer with a kind eye. 

ARTHUR SMITH was born in central California. He received degrees from San Francisco State University (B.A., M.A.) and from the University of Houston (Ph.D.). He passed away on November 9th, 2018. To those who knew and loved him, he was a master teacher and a masterful poet. His first book of poems, Elegy on Independence Day, was awarded the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1985. That same year, it was selected by the Poetry Society of American to receive the Norma Farber First Book Award. His second book of poems, Orders of Affection, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 1996, and his third book, The Late World, was published in 2002, also by Carnegie Mellon University Press. His most recent book of poems is The Fortunate Era (2013). His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and he was selected as the Theodore Morrison Fellow in Poetry for the 1987 Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. He served two terms as an advisory member of the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Panel, and he was a Professor of English at the University of Tennessee. His poems have appeared in numerous journals including

CALL FOR STORIES: Submission Deadline November 30, 2022

Old man in black and white on hard times in the city 

We seldom see stories dealing with working class and poverty class characters from both rural and urban settings brought together. What are the similarities and differences with the struggles in both locations? What does a look at them together tell us about our lives? Class can simply be the backdrop of the story, though; place, rural or urban, simply the setting. The story can focus on any conflict.

The editors will curate the stories to contrast the urban and rural settings. Your story need not include both. Your job as a writer is to simply send us good writing.

Previously published work is acceptable if permissions have reverted to you. Stories should be under 7,500 words. $8.00 submission fee.

Important points to consider:

  • We are interested in believable dialogue. We love dialect and regionalisms, but there is an art to writing them well, and we will judge poorly written dialect and slang harshly.
  • We’re looking for a sense of time and place, so be careful of anachronisms.
  • While we want to see character development, we still want a story. Give us a beginning, a middle, and especially, an end.
  • Grammar and mechanics count. Please proofread.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2022

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions are open August 15--November 30, 2022.
  • A reading fee of $8 must be paid at the time of submission.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • We accept previously published fiction as long as the author discloses the publication history of the work in the cover letter accompanying the submission, and owns the right to republish that work.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify Madville immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere and you wish to withdraw it from consideration. There will be no refunds of the reading fees.
  • Writers may submit more than one story, but each must be submitted separately.
  • We hope to announce the stories we've selected by January 23, 2023 and publish the anthology in Summer 2023.


  • Short stories, whether fiction or nonfiction, should have a total word count of no more than 7,500 words.
  • Please include page numbers.
  • Please double-space and use a 12pt. font.
  • Do not include an acknowledgments page.
  • Submissions will be judged blind. Please remove any identifying information from the submission. 
  • Submit as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt file format.
  • No revisions will be accepted once the submission is uploaded.

All authors chosen for the anthology will receive two free copies of the book.

There is an $8 reading fee.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2022.

Madville Publishing