Streetlight Magazine Writing Contests

Streetlight Magazine‘s Annual Writing Contests:


Essay/Memoir — Winter/Spring

Judging lead by our Essay/Memoir Editor, Susan Shafarzek

 Susan Shafarzek
Susan Shafarzek lives in Charlottesville, Va. Besides editing essays for Streetlight, she is a poet and photographer, blogging occasionally at

Flash Fiction — Spring/Summer

Judging lead by our Fiction Editor, Erika Raskin

Erika Raskin
Erika Raskin, Streetlight’s fiction editor, is the author of Best Intentions and Close. Her non-fiction work has run in a variety of publications and on public radio. Her wry world view can be found at and @erikaraskin on twitter.


Poetry — Fall/Winter

Judging lead by our Poetry Editors, Sharon Ackerman and Fredrick Wilbur

Sharon Ackerman
Sharon Ackerman earned an MEd from the University of Virginia. Her poems have appeared in the Atlanta Review, Northern Virginia Review, Heartwood Literary Journal, and Poetry Virginia, among others. She is the winner of the Hippocrates Poetry in Medicine Contest 2019. Her first collection, Revised LIght, was a finalist in the Main Street Rag Poetry Book contest 2021, and will be published in November, 2021.

Frederick Wilbur received his BA from the University of Virginia and an MA from the University of Vermont. He has authored three books on architectural and decorative woodcarving. His two poetry collections are As Pus Floats the Splinter Out and Conjugation of Perhaps. His work has appeared in many print and on-line reviews including Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, The Comstock Review, The Dalhousie Review, Rise Up Review, and Mojave River Review. He was awarded the Stephen Meats Award by Midwest Quarterly (2017).

For all contests:

    • By submitting your work, you grant Streetlight Magazine first North American print and electronic publication rights and guarantee that the submission is your own, original writing. All rights return to the author after publication.
    • Simultaneous submissions at other magazines are okay. Notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
    • If you publish your work again at a later date, we request that you include a notice stating that it was first published by Streetlight Magazine.
    • Streetlight will only mark contest entries as ACCEPTED. Our editors do NOT decline contest entries nor close them out. After the contest deadline, winners are announced, and non-winning entries are considered for general publication.

 For specific information on contests (including prize amounts, word counts, deadlines, and submission fees), and to submit, please check on our homepage, on the right-hand sidebar, or below.


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