2020 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award | $3,600 Awarded

Submissions are open November 1 to December 31, 2020


Welcome to our inaugural award for unpublished creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words! Joy Castro will select three winning pieces for publication. Each will be awarded $1,000 and a complete set of Graywolf Press's The Art Of series. More awards and details below.


GUIDELINES:

  • Open November 1 to December 31
  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only! (please no academic work or fiction)
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do not review reprints, including self-published work, for contests
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your entry if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • $20 reading fee per entry allows ONE creative nonfiction piece from 1,001 to 6,000 words OR up to TWO flash creative nonfiction pieces of 1,000 words or fewer each—if submitting two flash pieces (2,000 words maximum combined/1,000 words maximum each), please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • We allow multiple submissions—each entry should be accompanied by a reading fee
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next summer that includes: the winning pieces with Joy Castro's introductions and the winners' craft essays; the editors' choice winners; excerpts from finalist pieces; and more
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not require anonymous submissions
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less fees)  

     

AWARDS:

The writers of the three winning essays will receive:

  • $1,000 each
  • A complete set of fourteen titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series
  • Publication in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Joy Castro
  • Publication of an Author's Note (craft essay) to accompany the piece


The $600 editors' choice round:

  • Publication and a cash prize to a piece or pieces we just can't let go
  • A complete set of fourteen titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series

  

THE FINE PRINT:
 

  • Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award

  
 

$59.00 - 99.00
$59.00 - 99.00

If feedback is closed temporarily, it will reopen the first of the next month.


CRAFT offers editorial feedback on short fiction (short stories and flash fiction) up to 6,000 words. We've carefully chosen a small team of qualified editors to provide critique. 

For each piece sent through this editorial feedback category, we will return to the writer line-level editorial notes, as well as a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. While editorial feedback is inherently subjective, our criticism will always be actionable and encouraging. 

We intend to provide our feedback in a timely way, and hope to keep our response time under six weeks. We may decide to close this form in a given month once we have reached our editors' capacity to complete feedback that month. If this form is closed temporarily, it will reopen the first of the next month.

All work sent through this editorial feedback platform will also be considered for publication in CRAFT. Should we accept your story, the feedback fee will be refunded.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


Our rates are based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association:

  • Flash Fiction up to 1,000 Words (one flash piece or up to three microfiction pieces totaling fewer than 1,000 words): $59
  • Short Story 1,000 to 3,500 Words (one short story): $79 
  • Short Story 3,500 to 6,000 Words (one short story): $99


How you can help us when sending work for our review:

  • Please send .doc or .docx if you are able so that we can use track changes for margin notes
  • Please double space and use 12 pt Times New Roman font


Guidelines:

  • CRAFT Editorial Feedback is open to all fiction writers
  • International submissions (written in English) are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please send work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum—short fiction only
  • Work that has received editorial feedback is not eligible for submission to CRAFT contests
  • We strongly discourage simultaneous submissions in conjunction with editorial feedback: if your piece is already under review by our team and you withdraw it, we will not be able to offer a refund; if you withdraw your piece before we have begun feedback, we will be happy to let you substitute another story of equal length
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less fees)

Welcome to CRAFT
 

Since 2017, CRAFT has been a home for fiction. We couldn’t be more excited to announce we are now also open for creative nonfiction!

Submissions for CRAFT Creative Nonfiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for accepted original work. This category is for essays and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words. See our flash CNF category for essays with fewer than 1,000 words.  

As we have always done with our fiction, each published work of CNF will include an author’s note and an editorial introduction that each discuss craft and stylistics in the piece. We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. 

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:
 

  • CRAFT Creative Nonfiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only; please no academic work (we have separate categories for craft/critical writing)
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for essays of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose an appropriate flash fiction category)
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these pieces
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of creative nonfiction at a time, either flash or essay, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your piece as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review


Welcome to CRAFT  


Since 2017, CRAFT has been a home for fiction. We couldn’t be more excited to announce we are now also open for creative nonfiction!

Submissions for CRAFT  Flash Creative Nonfiction are open year round and offer payment of $100 for accepted original work. This category is for essays and standalone excerpts fewer than 1,000 words. See our CNF category for essays between 1–6K words.

As we have always done with our fiction, each published work of CNF will include an author’s note and an editorial introduction that each discuss craft and stylistics in the piece. We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. 

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com 


    GUIDELINES: 

  • CRAFT Creative Nonfiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only; please no academic work (we have separate categories for craft/critical writing)
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for essays between 1,000 and 6,000 words, please choose the creative nonfiction 1–6K word category)
  • Up to three micros (fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these pieces
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of creative nonfiction at a time, either flash or essay, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your piece as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review


Welcome to CRAFT

*Our guidelines have changed effective July 1, 2020*

Please review our guidelines—we've added some limits in an effort to improve our response time.

Submissions for CRAFT Short Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for accepted original work. This category is for short stories and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words. See our flash fiction options for stories with fewer than 1,000 words.

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Short Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose an appropriate flash fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—short and flash fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review

This form is currently open ONLY to BIPOC and other mis- and underrepresented writers


While our submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, we are currently offering a fast response option for free to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers (this category was open exclusively to Black writers until November 2020).

This form is for short fiction (short stories and standalone excerpts) between 1,000 and 6,000 words. 

We will respond to your piece within four weeks of submission. If we decline your work, we'll offer a few lines of actionable feedback. 

We pay $200 for accepted short stories. To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

We keep this page up to date with our efforts toward equity.


Other opportunities:

If you are a BIPOC writer or other historically mis- or underrepresented writer looking for free fast response for flash fiction (fewer than 1,000 words), please use this form.

We also offer full editorial feedback at rates based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association. Please follow us on Twitter for news of monthly free opportunities for Black writers.


If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:
 

  • This special fast response category for CRAFT Short Fiction is only open to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Previously unpublished fiction only 
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose an appropriate flash fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—short and flash fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your story is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review
  • Please do not submit work to this category if you do not identify as BIPOC or as a writer from another demographic who has been historically mis- or underrepresented in publishing


Welcome to CRAFT 


*Our guidelines have changed effective July 1, 2020*

Please review our guidelines—we've added some limits in an effort to improve our response time.

Submissions for CRAFT Flash Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $100 for original work. This category is for flash fiction up to 1,000 words. See our short fiction options for stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words.

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Flash Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for stories from 1,000 to 6,000 words, please choose an appropriate short fiction category)
  • Up to three micros (fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—flash and short fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review

This form is currently open ONLY to BIPOC and other mis- and underrepresented writers


While our submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, we are currently offering a fast response option for free to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers (this category was open exclusively to Black writers until November 2020). 

This form is for flash fiction up to 1,000 words.

We will respond to your piece within four weeks of submission. If we decline your work, we'll offer a few lines of actionable feedback.

We pay $100 for accepted flash fiction. To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

We keep this page up to date with our efforts toward equity.


Other opportunities:

If you are a BIPOC writer or other historically mis- or underrepresented writer looking for free fast response for short fiction (short stories and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words), please use this form.

We also offer full editorial feedback at rates based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association. Please follow us on Twitter for news of monthly free opportunities for Black writers.


If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:
 

  • This special fast response category for CRAFT Flash Fiction is only open to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Previously unpublished fiction only 
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words, please choose an appropriate short fiction category)
  • Up to three micros (fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—short and flash fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your story is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review
  • Please do not submit work to this category if you do not identify as BIPOC or as a writer from another demographic who has been historically mis- or underrepresented in publishing

Interested in writing critically for CRAFT? Please see the guidelines below and select the appropriate dropdown. We do not consider previously published material (reprints) in this category. 

We review submissions of critical pieces on craft, book annotations, and interviews. For a look at the type of content we publish, please visit our Craft Section. All work in this section is concerned with fiction or creative nonfiction. Please do not send critical work about poetry. Please do not send personal essays. We pay between $50 and $100 for original craft content.

Critical essays and craft talks range from 1,500 to 2,500 words concerning the craft of fiction or creative nonfiction. The most common type of essays we publish consist of a careful examination of an element or elements of craft in a piece or pieces of fiction/CNF. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive.

For interviews, we are interested in conversations with fiction and creative nonfiction writers/novelists focusing on the craft of writing. You may submit completed interviews or query/pitch here.

Our book annotations generally focus on fiction or creative nonfiction writers/novelists who explicitly explore craft in their work. These pieces are typically between 1,500 and 2,000 words. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive.

We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece per genre at a time. If your craft submission is declined, you may submit again to the craft genre immediately. You may have one piece of fiction (either short or flash), one piece of creative nonfiction (flash or creative essay), and one craft piece under consideration at one time.


Details:

Critical Essays / Craft Talks  

Please send completed essays concerning the craft of fiction or creative nonfiction, and include in your cover letter what you're exploring and why it is a good fit for the publication. Submissions should be 1,500 to 2,500 words and should consist of a careful examination of craft. We only consider completed pieces.

Interviews

We welcome queries and completed interviews of fiction or creative nonfiction writers. We will want to know if the interview is already approved as well as which elements of craft will be explored. Typically our interviews run around 2,000 to 2,500 words and our hybrid interviews run 3,000 to 4,000 words.

Book Annotations/Reviews

We always need writing about books! Fiction and creative nonfiction only, please. We lean toward annotations that interrogate the craft elements in a piece, and away from traditional book reviews. We consider content on frontlist or backlist books and on individual short stories or CNF. Essays should be approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words, focus on craft elements, and include quotes and references to other works and/or authors within the review. Check out our craft archive for examples. We only consider completed pieces.

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