Friday, January 20, 2012

Creative Nonfiction Competition: The Down Under Essay Contest

Deadline: February 29, 2012
Creative Nonfiction, in association with Tashmadada, seeks new essays for a special Australia issue.

We’re looking for a variety of perspectives—from locals, expats, tourists, or anyone else—and will consider essays of all forms and focuses as long as Australia’s landscape, people, and/or culture are prominently featured; the stories are true; and submissions are previously unpublished.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic. Writing should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Essays must be 4,000 words maximum and submitted by February 29, 2012.

All submissions will be judged by Lee Gutkind (USA) and Leah Kaminsky (AUS), and The Writers Conversation is sponsoring two cash prizes:

$6,500 (AUD) for Best Essay
$2,500 (AUD) for Best Essay by an Australian Writer
There will be only two contest winners, but all submissions will be considered by the judges for inclusion in Creative Nonfiction #46: Australia, which will be launched at the 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival.

For this contest, we are accepting electronic submissions only. To submit, go here.

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