Byzantium Submission Rules

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Annual Alfred Landwehr Creative Writing Contest

Winners are published in the Cal Poly English Department's Literary Annual, the Byzantium and  participate in a reading ceremony, held in the spring.  

Short Story Division Poetry Division

First Place   $100

Second Place   $75

Third Place   $50

    First Place   $100

Second Place   $75

Third Place   $50

Contest Rules

  • All entries must be emailed by Noon on deadline day
  • Submit Poetry and Fiction separately
  • All contestants must be current Cal Poly students​
  • All contestants must use a pseudonym on all entries, Not your real name (in the body of your email state your name, pseudonym, address, phone number, and email address) 
  • Write only your pseudonym on your entry, use only one pseudonym for all entries
  • Contestant may submit up to 3 poems totaling no more than 300 lines 
  • And may submit up to 2 short stories totaling no more than 30 pages
  • Fiction entries submit to:
  • Poetry entries submit to:

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