Meet your June 2023 Monthly Contest Judge

Sherry Poff , writer and board member, will judge June’s submissions! She grew up in the hills of West Virginia. She now lives and writes in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sherry holds an MA in Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a member of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous online and print publications including Artemis, Speckled Trout Review,and Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel. Sherry feels her best outdoors, but can also be found curled up with hot tea and a good book on a rainy day.

June’s theme was Where I Come From and genre was Creative Nonfiction. February is now closed to submissions. Winners will be announced in July.

This contest is available to members only. Once logged into your account, the submission form is under the “Members” tab on our homepage. If you need help logging in, please contact

Our Monthly Contests open on the 1st of each month and close on the last day, with one winner and one runner-up announced the following month. Winners receive $25, and winners and runners-up receive publication in The Pulse and our anthology, and one free copy, available in 2024. Monthly Contests are available to current members of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild only, and are free to enter. To become a member, click HERE

The Monthly Contests rotate through a pattern of Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction throughout the year, with a new theme each month. Go to the 2023 Monthly Contest Series Info page to view the genre and theme for each month.

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