The New Year is a time to look for new challenges, and one way to change things up is to enter a writing contest.
One way to share your work and get it noticed is to enter a writing contest. You may think that the odds of winning are about the same as winning the lottery, but keep in mind that many people may read and ad for a contest and decide the same thing. That fact will eliminate a certain amount of the potential competition.
Do you write creative nonfiction? Then this post is for you!
The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is a private, non-profit organization described on their website as follows:
The Creative Nonfiction Foundation pursues educational and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction. Its objectives are to provide a venue, the journal Creative Nonfiction, for high quality nonfiction prose (memoir, literary journalism, personal essay); to serve as the singular strongest voice of the genre, defining the ethics and parameters of the field; and to broaden the genre’s impact in the literary arena by providing an array of educational services and publishing activities.
The Creative Nonfiction Foundation sponsors a number of writing contests throughout the year and also accepts submissions for publication in the Creative Nonfiction Journal. You can visit the submission guidelines page to see current calls for content and open contests. Currently, the submission guidelines include the following opportunities:
Call for content
- Book project: stories about immortality (deadline is September 17, 2010)
- Unthemed submissions: accepted year-round (no deadline)
- Issue theme contest: stories about food (deadline is September 3, 2010)
- MFA student submission contest: stories written by MFA students (deadline is November 5, 2010)
You can get all of the submission details, address, contest prize information, and more on the Creative Nonfiction Journal Submission Guidelines page. Keep in mind, the pay for accepted submissions is low, but for beginner writers or writers trying to break into the creative nonfiction genre, publication in the Creative Nonfiction Journal would be a nice clip to add to your portfolio and boost your credibility.