contests

Fiction

Tell us a lie. Make it good. Short stories, prose poems, narrative poems, novellas, novel excerpts, or long collections of microfiction. Whatever you call it, as long as it’s made up.

  • Summer: 7/1 – 8/15 (2016)
  • Winter: 11/1 – 12/15 (2016)
  • Spring: 3/1 – 4/15 (2017)

Nonfiction

It's true. All of it. Essays, memoir, diaries, biographies, profiles, or longform journalism. Entries must be well written but factually correct (don’t worry, we’ll check your work).

  • Summer: 6/15 – 7/31 (2016)
  • Fall: 9/1 – 10/15 (2016)
  • Spring: 3/1 – 4/15 (2017)

Faces/Places

“Thank God—the sound of a human voice!” In the tradition of NPR’s StoryCorps, we’re looking for the very best oral histories. Entries can be transcripts, videos, or audio recordings.

  • Summer: 6/1 – 7/15 (2016)
  • Winter: 1/1 – 2/15 (2017)

Free-for-All

Enter whatever you like. Seriously. Don’t have something that fits into our already wide-ranging other categories? An infographic, perhaps? A photo essay? A short film? Twice a year we have the contest for you.

  • October: 10/1 – 10/31 (2016)
  • May: 5/1 – 5/31 (2017)