We ask that writers submit only one submission at a time. We hope to respond to all submissions within 6 months. If you do not receive a response within six months, please check on the status of your submission in Submittable; if you encounter any problems, email us at rougaroueditors@gmail.com. We ask that writers submit only once every 4 months.

Include a brief, third person bio in the “Cover Letter” box that we may use should we choose to publish your work. Please also include your email address with your submission. 

We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, but please withdraw immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Also, if Rougarou has published your work, please wait 1 year before resubmitting in that genre.

Note: University of Louisiana at Lafayette English Department faculty and graduate students are ineligible for publication in Rougarou

If you have specific, genre-related questions or inquires, please email us at rougaroueditors@gmail.com. Specify the genre in the subject field. 

2019-2020 Rougarou Poetry Contest

Judge: CAConrad

CAConrad received a 2019 Creative Capital grant and has also received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. The author of 9 books of poetry and essays, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books) won the 2018 Lambda Book Award. They teach at Columbia University in New York City, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please look for CA's books and the documentary The Book of Conrad from Delinquent Films online at http://bit.ly/88CAConrad.

 "CAConrad's poems invite the reader to become an agent in a joint act of recovery, to step outside of passivity and propriety and to become susceptible to the illogical and the mysterious."
         --Tracy K. Smith, New York Times   

Prize: 1st place - $500, publication, social media coverage. 2nd and 3rd place - publication and social media coverage

Entry Fee: $10

Closes: April 1, 2020


Please submit three to five poems per entry, though you may submit as many separate entries as you like. Submissions may be in any form and on any topic, but must not have been published previously in print or on the internet or be currently pending publication. Simultaneous submissions accepted; however, please withdraw your submission on Submittable immediately if it is accepted elsewhere (Entry fees will not be refunded for withdrawn submissions; if you are only withdrawing one poem from a multi-poem entry, please note this on Submittable instead of withdrawing). This contest will be judged blindly and submissions should not include any identifying information on the poems themselves. Instead, please provide your email address and a short biography in the "Cover Letter" box. Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are not permitted to submit to this contest.

Please submit one story of no more than 4,000 words or up to three flash fiction pieces of no more than 1,000 words each. Send all submissions in standard manuscript format. Include your email address and a brief bio in the "Cover Letter" box.

Please send only one story per four month reading period. Manuscript length can range from short short to 4,000 words. Include your email address and a brief bio in the "Cover Letter" box.

Please submit 3-5 poems in a Word or PDF document. Please include your email address in your submission and a brief third-person bio in your cover letter. 

Upload individual images in .jpg or .png format. Include your email address and a brief bio in the "Cover Letter" box below, and include a link to your portfolio if you would like us to browse your other work.

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