Calling all writers: On Wednesday, October 20th, Columbia will launch its 2011 contest in fiction, nonfiction and poetry! Enter online.
We’re awarding up to $1,500 in prizes, plus publication in our forthcoming print journal. The top works in fiction will be judged by Robert Olen Butler (1993 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Good Scent from a
Strange Mountain), Jo Ann Beard in nonfiction (The Boys of My Youth), and Joanna Klink (Raptus) for poetry.
Judges will select a first-place winner from among the ten finalists in each genre. The finalists are chosen by Columbia Journal staff.
First-place winners in each genre will receive a $500 prize, and their work will be published in Issue 49 of the journal (Spring 2011). Winners and runners-up may be considered for publication on the journal’s website.
The deadline for entry is January 18, 2011. The entry fee is $12.
Contest submissions in fiction and nonfiction must be no longer than twenty double-spaced pages. Poets may send up to five individual poems for consideration, but they must be combined into a single document.
Please note: judges have discretion in selecting winners and may choose not to award a first-place prize. Judges also may request edits of winning works. The contest is not open to current Columbia University students or those who have graduated within the last five years.