A prize of $200 and online publication will be given for the best piece of nonfiction writing under 5,000 words that we receive in one of the following categories:
The Lyric Essay. Innovative, sonically pleasing nonfiction prose on any topic is welcome in this category. John D’Agata quoting his teacher Deborah Tall once suggested that a lyric form of the essay “is a kind of essay propelled not by its information, but rather by the possibility for transformative experience.” CutBank likes this definition, but we’re also excited to see how you interpret such a malleable genre.
Writers on Writing. We’re looking for original, personal takes on the literary arts–form is largely up to you (our submitters). We’re hoping to receive your best craft essays, stylistic manifestos, and impressions on why writing matters. You might even take a crack at defining the lyric essay for us. Smart, self-referential fiction pieces that illuminate the writing process or the importance of writing are also welcome in this category.
All submissions will be considered for print and online publication. For more information, guidelines, and to apply, click here.