Hungry Young Poets is a reading series for writers at the start of their careers to share their work with a supportive, vibrant literary community. Traditionally, the program has sought to present poets and prose writers under the age 33, but we don't card, and we encourage emerging writers of all ages to apply. 

Historically, individuals participating in the program predominately hail from the greater St. Louis area, Missouri, and nearby Illinois. If coming from another region, it would be up to the individual to arrange travel, room, and board. 

The readings will take place on June 17, July 15, and August 19 at somewhere in South City in St. Louis, MO. 

To apply to read, please submit your original work. A video or recording of you reading is optional, but suggested. The Co-director of the reading series will be in touch about your application and further details once reviewed.

Ends on May 31, 2019$15.00 - 20.00
$15.00 - 20.00

Our 2019 judge is Oliver de la Paz

First prize is $1,500 plus publication in River Styx Issue 103

  • Submit up to three poems per entry, no more than 14 pages. Please include all poems in a single document.
  • Additional poems may be submitted in a separate submission with additional entry fee.
  • Include name and address on the cover letter only. Please do not include that info on the manuscript pages.
  • Previously published poems, including those that have appeared on social media, websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.
  • The judge will remove from consideration any entries he recognizes as having been written by poets with whom he has worked or studied.
  • Choose your entry fee: $15 or $20.  With the $20 entry fee, you will receive a one-year subscription (Issues 103 and 104). With the $15 entry fee, you will receive only Issue 103.
  • Contest results will be announced in September 2019.
  • First-, second-, and third-place winners will all be published in Issue 103.
  • All contest submissions will be considered for publication.
  • THIS PAGE IS FOR FICTION ONLY. 
  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • Please include a word count in your cover letter.
  • If your work is fewer than 500 words, feel free to send up to three pieces.
  • We will read simultaneous submissions, but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect three to five months for a decision. Please do not query us or send another manuscript until five months have passed. 

 

  • THIS PAGE IS FOR NONFICTION ONLY. 
  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • Please include a word count in your cover letter.
  • If your work is fewer than 500 words, feel free to send up to three pieces.
  • We will read simultaneous submissions, but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect three to five months for a decision. Please do not query us or send another manuscript until five months have passed. 

 

  • THIS PAGE IS FOR POETRY ONLY. 
  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • Please include a cover letter with a brief bio.
  • Send up to five poems per submission.
  • Translations are welcome if permission has been granted from owner of copyright.
  • We will read simultaneous submissions, but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect three to five months for a decision. Please do not query us or send another manuscript until five months have passed.

 

Ends on June 30, 2019$2.50
$2.50

This form is for all art submissions. Such works may include paintings, photographs (including high-quality photos of 3-D or mixed-media work), prints, digital illustrations, graphic short stories, and so on. 

  • Cover art is a single color image for the front with either a related image or cropped portion of the cover image printed on the back. You can see examples of our previous covers here.
  • Inside art is a spread of approximately 4-8 pages of black-and-white images. The cover art and inside art are most often from different artists but may be from the same person depending on how a series lends itself.  
  • For our inside art spread, we prefer to publish 4-8 pieces that work together as a series (whether you originally created them with that intent or not). Please submit up to 12 images; we like having more to choose from than we ultimately will publish. 
  • If submitting a graphic short story, please submit only one at a time.
  • Work submitted to River Styx must be previously unpublished in print. By submitting it, you assert that you hold all publication rights and permissions for the images.
  • We will consider work that is currently under consideration elsewhere but ask that you inform us of such and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect three to five months for a decision.

 

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