Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction

Barely South Review is pleased to announce the 2019 Norton Girault Literary Prize will be in fiction. This year’s prize will be judged by award winning author, Janet Peery.

Norton Girault Literary Prize is an annual award competition alternating among genres fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The inaugural prize was offered in 2012 in fiction. We accept submissions for the prize during the spring semester and announce and print the winners in each fall issue. In the spring 2019, we will be accepting prize submissions in fiction.

Norton Girault served on cruisers and destroyers in World War II and the Korean War. After retiring from the Navy as a captain, he taught English at Norfolk State University for 15 years. His stories, poems and essays have been published in Crescent Review, MSS, Snake Nation Review, Timbuktu, Long Story, and other magazines. He’s been a scholar at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a guest at Yaddo Writers’ Colony. A vital member of the Hampton Roads literary community, he has participated in Old Dominion University writing courses for many years.


Janet Peery is the author of Alligator Dance, The River Beyond the World, What the Thunder Said, and The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs. Her stories appear in numerous quarterlies, including Southern Review, Shenandoah, Kenyon Review, and American Short Fiction Southwest Review; Black Warrior Review; Image: Art, Faith, Mystery; American Short Fiction; Idaho Review; StoryQuarterly; Chattahoochee Review; Quarterly West; Oklahoma Today; Kansas Quarterly; 64 Magazine; Blackbird, and many others including anthologies from the Pushcart Prize (three times) and Best American Short Stories.

Her stories have been cited six times by BASS as among the “100 Distinguished Stories” of the given year, and have won numerous prizes, including the Jeanne Charpiot Goodheart Award from Washington and Lee University (twice), the Hemingway Days Short Story Contest, the Seaton Award, the Editor’s Prize from Idaho Review, and the Fiction Prize from StoryQuarterly. A finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction (1996), she has won the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction (2008), the WILLA Award for Literary Fiction (2008) from Women Writing the West, and the Emyl Jenkins Sexton Award for Fiction from the Library of Virginia. She is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award (1993) the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1992), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1998), and the MacDowell Colony (2011).

She has taught for the National Book Foundation’s American Voices Project on reservations throughout the west, at Sewanee Writers Conference, Glen Workshop at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, Warren Wilson’s low-residency program, and Antioch-LA’s MFA program. She has served as guest faculty at numerous colleges and universities. In 2012 she served on the judging panel for selection of the National Book Award in Fiction, and she serves in a consulting capacity for various literary outreaches. In 2002 she was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia and in 2005 was honored by ODU with the distinction of University Professor.


• Entries must be sent electronically through Submittable (go to and look for “Norton Girault Prize” under the categories)
• Reading fee: $3.00 US dollars
• This international prize competition is open to all writers who write in English, except MFA Creative Writing students at Old Dominion University. No translated works will be accepted.
• All submissions must be original and previously unpublished (print, blog, or web publications included).
• Format and Manuscript Length: A clean, typewritten or computer-processed (12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins all around) copy of the entry must be submitted (up to 6,000 words). Paragraphs must be indented. Please avoid any nonstandard formatting. Entries that do not meet format requirements may be rejected.
• Entry must be paginated with no identifying author information on the manuscript pages.
• Entrants may submit more than once to the competition, as long as an entry fee of $3.00 accompanies each individual submission.
• Electronic Submission deadline is Midnight, April 1, 2019; results announced before the beginning of the fall 2019 semester.
• In the event that the judge does not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, Barely South Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award in a given year.


The 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry:

The staff of Barely South Review is pleased to announce the first place winner of the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry is Rochelle Potkar for her poem, “To Daraza.” The 2018 honorable mention is awarded to Liz Robbins for her poem, “And Life Grants My Wish.” Check out our winners as well as other authors in the Fall 2018 Volume of Barely South Review.

The 2017 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Nonfiction:

The staff of Barely South Review is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Nonfiction is Christy Shick for her essay “Pinehurst.” You can read Christy’s work as well as other authors in the Fall 2017 Issue of Barely South Review.