We are excited to announce our judges for our upcoming nonfiction and fiction contests.
The Fourth Annual Nonfiction Contest will be judged by Brian Blanchfield. He is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently PROXIES, which was awarded a Whiting Award in Nonfiction, and was a finalist for Lambda Literary Award in Gay Memoir and the PEN USA Literary Award in Nonfiction. SEVERAL WORLD received the 2014 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award in Poetry. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Idaho and the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Our judge for the Seventh Annual Fiction Contest is Nafissa Thompson-Spires. She is the author of the short story collection HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE, which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Fiction. She earned a PhD in English from Vanderbilt and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Lunch Ticket, East Bay Review, Compose, Blinders, FLOW, The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She is a 2016 fellow of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop and an Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Illinois.
Contest entry windows are:
Nonfiction – November 9 through January 12
Fiction – December 17 through February 17
with general fiction submissions open November 1 through December 15.