$3.00

We want to read your work! We value and encourage the work of both emerging and experienced creators who show us authentic, indefinable, and raw artistry. Our goal is to engage readers and create a space for great art to be realized. Through it all, we want to publish exemplary art that brings us closer.

The Headlight Review is deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity amongst the staff and its contributors. We value varying editorial experience levels of applicants and consider aspects of your identity including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability status a pivotal part of your artistry. We encourage submissions from marginalized and underrepresented communities and perspectives including emergent creators of color and those from the LGBTQIA+ community.

We are open to submissions in all genres for publication in our quarterly issues. Please submit your manuscript with a short (1-3 sentences) third-person bio in the comment section. For all submissions, please ensure that you do not include your name or other identifying information on your submission attachment. We reserve First North American electronic serial rights only; all rights revert back to the author upon publication. We ask that any reprints include the author's acknowledgment of the first publication in The Headlight Review.

Current students and recent graduates of Kennesaw State University, contest judges, and masthead members are not eligible to submit. KSU graduates become eligible to submit once 5 years have passed since graduation.

PLEASE NOTE

As of February 2023, we will begin charging a $3 submission fee. We accept submissions via Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are accepted when noted in your cover letter. Thank you for your interest in The Headlight Review!

FICTION

Please send only one story per submission. Manuscripts should be no longer than 5,000 words, double-spaced, and in standard MLA manuscript format. All genres are welcome except erotica, gore, and violence.

$3.00

We want to read your work! We value and encourage the work of both emerging and experienced creators who show us authentic, indefinable, and raw artistry. Our goal is to engage readers and create a space for great art to be realized. Through it all, we want to publish exemplary art that brings us closer.

The Headlight Review is deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity amongst the staff and its contributors. We value varying editorial experience levels of applicants and consider aspects of your identity including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability status a pivotal part of your artistry. We encourage submissions from marginalized and underrepresented communities and perspectives including emergent creators of color and those from the LGBTQIA+ community.

We are open to submissions in all genres for publication in our quarterly issues. Please submit your manuscript with a short (1-3 sentences) third-person bio in the comment section. For all submissions, please ensure that you do not include your name or other identifying information on your submission attachment. We reserve First North American electronic serial rights only; all rights revert back to the author upon publication. We ask that any reprints include the author's acknowledgment of the first publication in The Headlight Review.

Current students and recent graduates of Kennesaw State University, contest judges, and masthead members are not eligible to submit. KSU graduates become eligible to submit once 5 years have passed since graduation.

PLEASE NOTE

As of February 2023, we will begin charging a $3 submission fee. We accept submissions via Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are accepted when noted in your cover letter. Thank you for your interest in The Headlight Review!

POETRY

Our journal prefers work that pushes the envelope conceptually, technically, or visually, challenges our perspectives, and meets us at the intersections of genres, artistic disciplines, and modes of thought. From subtle to paradoxical, we want to publish work that captures and reimagines the world in ways that move us down to our bones. Please send only three poems maximum per submission, formatted however the poem needs to be formatted to achieve the effect you desire. We’ll do our best to reproduce it, or we will work with you to readjust the format for our platform. All genres welcome.

$3.00

We want to read your work! We value and encourage the work of both emerging and experienced creators who show us authentic, indefinable, and raw artistry. Our goal is to engage readers and create a space for great art to be realized. Through it all, we want to publish exemplary art that brings us closer.

The Headlight Review is deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity amongst the staff and its contributors. We value varying editorial experience levels of applicants and consider aspects of your identity including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability status a pivotal part of your artistry. We encourage submissions from marginalized and underrepresented communities and perspectives including emergent creators of color and those from the LGBTQIA+ community.

We are open to submissions in all genres for publication in our quarterly issues. Please submit your manuscript with a short (1-3 sentences) third-person bio in the comment section. For all submissions, please ensure that you do not include your name or other identifying information on your submission attachment. We reserve First North American electronic serial rights only; all rights revert back to the author upon publication. We ask that any reprints include the author's acknowledgment of the first publication in The Headlight Review.

Current students and recent graduates of Kennesaw State University, contest judges, and masthead members are not eligible to submit. KSU graduates become eligible to submit once 5 years have passed since graduation.

PLEASE NOTE

As of February 2023, we will begin charging a $3 submission fee. We accept submissions via Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are accepted when noted in your cover letter. Thank you for your interest in The Headlight Review!

VISUAL ART

We’re looking for artwork that tells a story that includes emotional texture and character. We accept up to 6 images of photography, comics, digital artwork, or scanned images of traditional artwork such as paintings, drawings, or sketches.

Submissions must have a minimum of 300 dpi resolution, regardless of format. Three-dimensional artwork requires a minimum of two photos taken from different angles, taken in front of a neutral background (black, white, or gray preferred). Artwork must include the name of the artist, the title, the medium, the size of the work, and the year created to be considered.

$3.00

We want to read your work! We value and encourage the work of both emerging and experienced creators who show us authentic, indefinable, and raw artistry. Our goal is to engage readers and create a space for great art to be realized. Through it all, we want to publish exemplary art that brings us closer.

The Headlight Review is deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity amongst the staff and its contributors. We value varying editorial experience levels of applicants and consider aspects of your identity including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability status a pivotal part of your artistry. We encourage submissions from marginalized and underrepresented communities and perspectives including emergent creators of color and those from the LGBTQIA+ community.

We are open to submissions in all genres for publication in our quarterly issues. Please submit your manuscript with a short (1-3 sentences) third-person bio in the comment section. For all submissions, please ensure that you do not include your name or other identifying information on your submission attachment. We reserve First North American electronic serial rights only; all rights revert back to the author upon publication. We ask that any reprints include the author's acknowledgment of the first publication in The Headlight Review.

Current students and recent graduates of Kennesaw State University, contest judges, and masthead members are not eligible to submit. KSU graduates become eligible to submit once 5 years have passed since graduation.

PLEASE NOTE

As of February 2023, we will begin charging a $3 submission fee. We accept submissions via Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are accepted when noted in your cover letter. Thank you for your interest in The Headlight Review!

CREATIVE NONFICTION

We welcome literary nonfiction stories or essays that have a distinctive personal voice, attentiveness to language, rich details, and lyrical phrasing. We want to read a story that introduces us to a fresh perspective. Please send one story or essay per submission. Manuscripts should be no longer than 5,000 words, double-spaced, and in standard MLA manuscript format. All genres welcome.

Georgia Writers is partnering with the Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) in Provincetown, MA to award a scholarship to a Georgia Writers member to participate in a week-long summer workshop at FAWC in 2023. The scholarship winner will pay no tuition and be provided housing and a travel stipend to participate in a week-long workshop in creative writing.

Not a member? Sign up here today to become eligible.

The Fine Arts Work Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1968, is dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of emerging visual artists and writers and to enhancing the year-round vitality of the historic art community of Provincetown, MA.

The Work Center is internationally known for its acclaimed Fellowship program, which grants seven-month residencies to 20 emerging writers and artists every winter. FAWC Fellowships have provided sustained and crucial time and space to over 1,000 emerging artists and writers over the course of its 50+ year history.

The Fine Arts Work Center also offers open-enrollment educational programs that provide opportunities to artists of all levels to take strides in their artistic practice and become part of a rich creative community, in addition to helping preserve Provincetown as a cultural destination.

FAWC’s Summer Workshop Program offers over 60 week-long workshops in visual arts and creative writing for more than 500 students over the course of 9 weeks every summer. They bring nationally recognized artists and writers to Provincetown to teach workshops and to participate in readings and artist talks that are open to the public and enjoyed by hundreds in the community.

Georgia Writers members can apply here by March 17, 2023.

Requirements

  • Must be a Georgia Writers member
  • C.V./Resume
  • Cover Letter (details below)
  • Portfolio (details below)
$12.00

The Headlight Review Presents:

The Anthony Grooms Prize in Short Fiction

A literary award honoring the work and literary contributions of former Kennesaw State MAPW Director, Anthony Grooms.

Winning entry will receive $250 and 25 copies of their story (5.5" x7.5", saddle-stitch binding).

Runners-up will be offered publication in The Headlight Review.

The winner and runners-up will also receive a signed copy of Grooms' book, The Vain Conversation.

Guidelines:

Stories must be 5000 words or less. The manuscript should be titled and should not include the name of the author or any contact information. Multiple submissions are acceptable, though each entry requires a separate fee. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. The submission must be an original work and cannot have been published in any previous form. Entries must be written in English.

The preliminary round of judging will be conducted by the fiction editors at The Headlight Review. The finalist judge will be acclaimed author and editor, Anna Schachner.

Any present or former students or faculty from Kennesaw State are not eligible to participate.


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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Georgia Writers Registry (GWR) must be residents of Georgia and must also earn a minimum of 12 publication points based on the following point system:

12 Points

  • Each book of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction
  • Each play produced by a professional theatre (equity contract)

6 Points

  • Each chapbook
  • Staged readings of plays by professional theatres or professional playwright’s organizations

3 Points

  • Each work of fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction published in a literary journal, anthology, or edited Web publication
  • Each poem published in a literary journal, anthology, or edited Web publication

Ineligible Publications

  • Publications from vanity presses
  • Self-published work
  • Work from presses that do not offer authors standard book contracts
  • Work published by a journal or anthology for which one makes editorial decisions
  • Translations

This form should be filled out by the sponsoring organization prior to the event. 

Applications will not be considered unless all information is provided. Please keep a copy for your records. Sponsors are required to submit all promotional materials, including print copies of webpages and e-mails, that highlight the logos of the Georgia Writers Association, the Georgia Council of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Proof of verbal acknowledgement made at the event must be submitted if there are no written promotional materials.

This form should be filled out by the sponsoring organization after the event has taken place.

The event director is to complete this form within 15 days of the completion of the event. Sponsors are required to submit all promotional materials along with this form, including screenshots of webpages and e-mails, that highlight the logos of the Georgia Writers Association, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Proof of verbal acknowledgement made at the event must be submitted if there are no written promotional materials. 


  • This form should be filled out by the writer after the event has taken place and within 15 days of the completion of the event. 
  • Please cash your check within 90 days of issuance.
  • If there are any discrepencies between the amount you agreed to be paid for the even and the actual amount of the check, please contact Terri Dudenhoeffer at terri@georgiawriters.org
$60.00

Please carefully review these guidelines before submitting a nomination. Please note that you must have a Submittable account prior to filling out the nomination form. You may create a free account here.

Nomination Fee

$60 per nomination

Deadline

February 15, 2023

Eligibility

-Books and chapbooks published within the 2022 calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Reprints and second editions are not eligible.

-Books will not be considered nominated if any of these guidelines are not met and materials and payment are not postmarked by February 15, 2022. 

Required Materials

The following required materials must be received by February 15, 2022 (postmarked).

-Nomination form

-$60 nomination fee

-A digital copy of the book (strongly preferred; if digital copy is not available, please see instructions on form.)

Definition of a Georgia Author for the 58th GAYA

To be considered a Georgia author and thus eligible for nomination for GAYA, an author must meet one of the following criteria: -The author must have been a resident of Georgia when the nominated book was written, though they may have since moved out of state; or -The author must currently live in Georgia when the book is nominated.

Definitions of GAYA Categories for the 58th GAYA

A book may be nominated in only one category and is selected by the nominator.

Categories (in alphabetical order):

  • Children’s Book—Books written for ages 9 and younger. A children’s book includes picture books and can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • Cookbook—Books that contain a collection of recipes, techniques, or focus on the exploration of food, cooking, and culture of food.
  • Essay—A collection by a single author that sustains a single topic or theme. It may not be an anthology of essays by multiple authors
  • Fiction (subcategories)
    • Detective/Mystery—A novel by a single author featuring a crime or crimes
    • First Novel—First published novel by a single author (any genre)
    • Literary Fiction—A non-genre novel by a single author
    • Romance—A novel by a single author intended for the mass-market and involving a primary focus on relationships
    • Science Fiction— A novel by a single author that is grounded in the science or technology of the future
  • Graphic Novel—A narrative work where the story is told not only through words, but also sequential art and can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • LGBTQIA+—Works produced by or for the LGBTQIA+ community and can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
  • Nonfiction (subcategories)
    • Biography—A life history that is a fact-based, referenced life story of a person, a group of people, or a family. This category does not include autobiography, which should be nominated under memoir.
    • History—Research-based books which use narratives to examine and analyze past events
    • Inspirational—Books on topics in self-help, life improvement, motivational, religious, or spiritual.
    • Memoir—A book that is an account of one’s personal life and experiences.
  • Poetry (subcategories)
    • Chapbook—By a single poet and generally no more than 40 pages
    • Full-Length Book—By a single poet
  • Short Story Collection—By a single author
  • Specialty Book—Anthologies of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction, and books that include a visual element such as art or photography.
  • Young Adult—Books written for ages 10 and older and are either fiction or nonfiction.

In the Event a Category Has Fewer than Four Nominees

If a category has fewer than four nominees, authors will have the opportunity to move their books to the next best category. For example, if there are only two books in the Romance category, authors will be notified and may choose to place the book in the Literary Fiction category.

In the Event an Award Is Not Made in a Category

Georgia Writers Association reserves the right to not award a winner in a category if it is determined that none of the nominations should win. If no winner is selected due to a lack of sufficient nominations in a category, the nomination fee will be refunded. However, if the category judge determines that a category has no first– or second–place winner, the nomination fee will not be refunded.

Please carefully review these guidelines before submitting a nomination. Please note that you must have a Submittable account prior to filling out the nomination form. You may create a free account here.

Nomination Fee

$60 per nomination

Deadline

February 15, 2023

Eligibility

-Books and chapbooks published within the 2022 calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Reprints and second editions are not eligible.

-Books will not be considered nominated if any of these guidelines are not met and materials and payment are not postmarked by February 15, 2022. 

Required Materials

The following required materials must be received by February 15, 2022 (postmarked).

-Nomination form

-$60 nomination fee

-A digital copy of the book (strongly preferred; if digital copy is not available, please see instructions on form.)

Definition of a Georgia Author for the 58th GAYA

To be considered a Georgia author and thus eligible for nomination for GAYA, an author must meet one of the following criteria: -The author must have been a resident of Georgia when the nominated book was written, though they may have since moved out of state; or -The author must currently live in Georgia when the book is nominated.

Definitions of GAYA Categories for the 58th GAYA

A book may be nominated in only one category and is selected by the nominator.

Categories (in alphabetical order):

  • Children’s Book—Books written for ages 9 and younger. A children’s book includes picture books and can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • Cookbook—Books that contain a collection of recipes, techniques, or focus on the exploration of food, cooking, and culture of food.
  • Essay—A collection by a single author that sustains a single topic or theme. It may not be an anthology of essays by multiple authors
  • Fiction (subcategories)
    • Detective/Mystery—A novel by a single author featuring a crime or crimes
    • First Novel—First published novel by a single author (any genre)
    • Literary Fiction—A non-genre novel by a single author
    • Romance—A novel by a single author intended for the mass-market and involving a primary focus on relationships
    • Science Fiction— A novel by a single author that is grounded in the science or technology of the future
  • Graphic Novel—A narrative work where the story is told not only through words, but also sequential art and can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • LGBTQIA+—Works produced by or for the LGBTQIA+ community and can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
  • Nonfiction (subcategories)
    • Biography—A life history that is a fact-based, referenced life story of a person, a group of people, or a family. This category does not include autobiography, which should be nominated under memoir.
    • History—Research-based books which use narratives to examine and analyze past events
    • Inspirational—Books on topics in self-help, life improvement, motivational, religious, or spiritual.
    • Memoir—A book that is an account of one’s personal life and experiences.
  • Poetry (subcategories)
    • Chapbook—By a single poet and generally no more than 40 pages
    • Full-Length Book—By a single poet
  • Short Story Collection—By a single author
  • Specialty Book—Anthologies of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction, and books that include a visual element such as art or photography.
  • Young Adult—Books written for ages 10 and older and are either fiction or nonfiction.

In the Event a Category Has Fewer than Four Nominees

If a category has fewer than four nominees, authors will have the opportunity to move their books to the next best category. For example, if there are only two books in the Romance category, authors will be notified and may choose to place the book in the Literary Fiction category.

In the Event an Award Is Not Made in a Category

Georgia Writers Association reserves the right to not award a winner in a category if it is determined that none of the nominations should win. If no winner is selected due to a lack of sufficient nominations in a category, the nomination fee will be refunded. However, if the category judge determines that a category has no first– or second–place winner, the nomination fee will not be refunded.

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