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We are now accepting submissions for our annual creative nonfiction contest judged by Jennifer Sinor. The winner will be published online this May in phoebe's 49.2. We encourage you to take a look at our previous contest winners. Only contest winners will win prize money, but we hope to publish some outstanding honorable mentions alongside our prize winner in phoebe's 49.2. We look forward to reading your work. Submit online, and send us the best you’ve got!

The Basics:


  • All entries should include a cover letter with the submission’s title and author’s contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address).
  • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • You may submit multiple entries, but must pay an entry fee for each new submission.
  • Please submit your work in a Word Document or another similar processing system, if possible.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions. Please use our online submission manager. 


Creative Nonfiction Contest 2020
Judge: Jennifer Sinor

DEADLINE: March 15 at 11:59 p.m.
PRIZE: $500 and publication in phoebe's 49.2 (digital issue)
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.


Jennifer Sinor is the author of several books, including Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’Keeffe and the memoir Ordinary Trauma.  Her forthcoming essay collection, Sky Songs: Meditations on Loving a Broken World, will appear in the fall of 2020 from the University of Nebraska Press, and her essays have been published in many literary journals including The American ScholarUtneCreative Nonfiction, and Gulf Coast. The recipient of the Stipend in American Modernism as well as nominations for the National Magazine Award and the Pushcart Prize, Jennifer teaches creative writing at Utah State University where she is a professor of English. She lives in Logan with her husband, poet Michael Sowder, and her two sons.

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