Deadline: May 15, 2023

Entry fee: $24

About the competition

The 2023 Emerging Writer’s Contest will run from March 1 at noon EST to May 15 at noon EST.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. Read past winners of the contest here.

We award publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres. Submit to the Emerging Writer’s Contest through our submission manager. You must be logged in to access our submission manager.

The 2023 contest judges are Gish Jen (Fiction), Sandra Cisneros (Poetry), and Meghan O’Rourke (Nonfiction).

Competition guidelines

  • No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.
  • Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work, and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.
  • International submissions welcome.
  • We cannot accomodate revisions once a manuscript has been submitted. 
  • Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.
  • Numbered pages.
  • Cover letters are not necessary. Please remove all identifying information from your submission as they will be read anonymously. 
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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