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We are always accepting submissions.


Our latest issue can be purchased for $10



You are your best thing.

-Toni Morrison

Black Belt Poetry Contest 2023

OPEN TO ALL POETS from the following ALABAMA BLACK BELT COUNTIES: Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox. 

CASH PRIZES for the top 3 poems: 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $100

FREE TO ENTER: SEND no more than 5 poems, submitted as a single document. Author's name, email, and Black Belt address on every page. 

Email submissions to

ALL ENTRIES considered for publication in The Sucarnochee Review

DEADLINE: January 1, 2024

The Black Belt Poetry Contest is made possible by a grant from the Black Belt Community Foundation.

Our Favorite


Trinity Crenshaw - All American Boys by Brendon Kiely and Jason Reynolds 

Mary Kendall Glass - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Rachel Robinson - 

Poem of the Month

from Ars Poetica 

by Tamara Browning 

Writing poetry is like breaking

glass for the sound—

Established in 1974 and named for the Sucarnochee River that runs near the University of West Alabama, The Sucarnochee Review is published annually by the University's Department of English and History. We are student-led and student-edited and we believe strongly in the value of amplifying student voices. As a result, we proudly make space in each of our issues for new and upcoming undergraduate writers. 

That being said, we are open to writers of all ages and at all stages in their career. We read poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and we look forward to reading your work!

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