Poe Inspires Contest graphic and image of Poe

Poe has been a major influence on authors as diverse as Arthur Conan Doyle and Neil Gaiman, and he continues to inspire new generations of artists. Has he been significant to your own development as a writer? Please send us poetry and flash fiction that demonstrate his influence, whether you’ve been inspired by Poe’s use of the grotesque, his theory of the unified effect, or his pioneering work in science fiction and the detective story. No matter what he wrote, Poe imbued his work with a relentless creative spirit—that’s what we’re hoping to find in your submissions.

Show how Poe has inspired you!

The Fine Print
Theme: Poe Inspires
Contest Opens: November 1, 2018
Contest Closes: November 30, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST
Winners Notified: The first week of January 2019

There is no age restriction and no entry fee.
All rights for the work remain with the author.
One entry per person. (You must choose either fiction or poetry.)
All entries must be 250 words or less and submitted using this form.
Board Members and Employees of James River Writers and the Poe Museum may not enter.

Prizes: One fiction and one poetry winner will each receive a coveted Golden Poe. Final entries will be displayed at the PoeMuseum’s annual Birthday Bash celebration on January 19, 2019, and winners and select entrants will be invited to read their work. Additionally, winners will be published in Get Your Word On (circulation of 4500+) and on the James River Writers and Poe Museum websites.

Winners will be notified and announced to the public the first week of January.

The form to enter can be found here: 4th Annual Poe Inspires Contest Entry.