2017 Rougarou Poetry Contest Winner


“to live and die in a small town” by Dawn Robinson

Dawn Robinson lives in Northern California, near to the ocean. She enjoys reading december magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, has works published by Architrave Press, and has been fortunate enough to be surrounded by brilliant authors and artists of all kinds. The poet Marvin Bell has had a profound influence on her, in terms of his commitment not only to poetry, but to the community which he fosters.



2017 Rougarou Poetry Contest Finalists

Daniel Blokh
Melanie Graham
Maximilian Heinegg
Lucian Mattison
Zachary Matteson
Kathryn Merwin
Dawn Robinson
Anastasia Stelese

2017 Rougarou Poetry Contest Judge

J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native, and is currently a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. His chapbooks include The Dissenter’s Ground (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016), Notes to a Husband (Imaginary Friend Press 2013), Lancelot (Lazy Mouse Press 2013), 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World (Bandersnatch Books 2010), and Flood which is the winner of the 2013 Swan Scythe Chapbook Contest. He is the co-editor of Vision/Verse 2009-2013: An Anthology of Poetry (Yellow Flag Press 2013). His poems have appeared at Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, Pembroke Magazine, The Louisiana Review, burntdistrict, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature, among others. He is the editor and publisher of Yellow Flag Press. He received an MFA from McNeese and a PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Rougarou Flash Fiction Contest 2018

Dates: March 7 – June 1, 2018

Judge: Keith Lee Morris

Prize: $250 and publication

Rougarou is proud to announce its second annual writing contest. This year, we’ll be accepting flash fiction submissions. While there is no thematic requirement, Rougarou places particular emphasis on efficiency of language.

Submission Guidelines
• Writers can submit 1-3 flash fiction pieces totaling no more than 1500 words. No individual piece can be longer than 1000 words.
• Simultaneous submissions are fine with us; however, please withdraw your piece(s) and notify us (via Submittable) if your entry has been accepted elsewhere.
• Work that has been previously published is not eligible for this contest.
• Those affiliated with Rougarou now or in the past two years are not eligible to submit to this contest.
• All entries will be read blind in rounds by our editors, and finalist pieces will be given to our judge to select the winner. To ensure anonymity, please remove any identifying information from your pieces.
• Submissions are open from March 7, 2018 – June 1, 2018 (extended to June 17). Please submit through our Submittable page. We cannot accept paper submissions.
• Finalists and our winner will be announced in late Fall 2018. You will receive an email notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.
• Our winner will receive $250 and publication in one of Rougarou’s 2019 issues.
• All entries require a $10 fee paid via our Submittable page.