Ends on January 11, 2018

Works of creative non-fiction should be real life stories, not fiction, and not academic or research essays. The paper you wrote in your English 102 class is not a work of creative non-fiction.

These works should use the elements of fiction to draw in readers and paint a vivid picture of a real life event. As in the other genres, stray from the stereotypes and cliché.  Make us cry; make us laugh; make us want to learn more about the story you tell.

No erotica or offensive works.

Specific Guidelines:

  • 5,000 words maximum
  • Do NOT put your name on the manuscript (works are anonymously judged)
  • Double-space your document and use Time New Roman size 12 font
  • Include word count on the first page
  • Include the title on the manuscript
  • Include a brief writer's statement that says something substantive about the work
  • Attach submission as .doc or .docx files
  • Do not submit more than 2 works per literary genre
  • Edit carefully for grammar and spelling
Tips for Success:
  • Make sure your submission is not a draft. Has anyone else read it? Has it been workshopped and have you received feedback you've used to revise it? No work should be submitted that has not been thoroughly revised.
  • Has the work been edited carefully? If you need help with grammar, consider going to the Writing Center. 
  • Does your work meet all the submission guidelines?

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