Southern Gothic  July 8, 2015 - December 31, 2015

Reading and Deliberating


Definition: a subgenre of Gothic fiction in American literature that takes place exclusively in the American South. Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include deeply flawed, disturbing or eccentric characters who may or may not dabble in hoodoo, ambivalent gender roles and decayed or derelict settings, grotesque situations, and other sinister events relating to or coming from poverty, alienation, crime, and violence.

A lot of the southern gothic culture deals with goings on in places like New Orleans, mostly during the Antebellum period, with plantations, the rise of the hoodoo/voodoo culture and so on. it uses the Gothic tools not solely for the sake of suspense, but to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the American South - Gothic elements taking place in a magic realist context rather than a strictly fantastical one.


Got a short story or poem that falls under this definition? Submit it into this contest! :) Remember, Southern Gothic is specific only to the American South, so this would not be your common Victorian or Steampunk Gothic.

I'll take words of any type in this contest, but they have to fall into the information above! You can each submit 4 works based on Southern Gothic culture!

Good luck! :)



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5 Contestants
8 Submissions
Created Jul 8, 2015

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  • Any Member can Submit
  • Only these Genres Can be Submitted:
    • Historical Fiction
    • Horror
    • Supernatural & Occult
  • Each Contestant May Submit 4 Pieces of Writing
  • Writing may be submitted 7/8/2015 - 12/31/2015
  • Winners will be decided by the Moderator


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