One Fish, Two Fish, Big Fish, Writing Contest

March 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

BIG FISH ONLINE CONTESTS:

THE LYRIC ESSAY/WRITERS ON WRITING

From our friends at Cutbank:

From March 1 to April 1, we’re looking for excellent nonfiction writing
under 5,000 words. In addition to innovative, sonically pleasing essays
on topics of your choosing, CutBank seeks great craft essays, as well
as essays on teaching writing or why writing matters. Stylistic
manifestos and smart, self-referential fiction pieces that illuminate
the writing process are also welcome. The winner will receive $200 and
online publication, and all submissions will be considered for both
online and print publication. Here’s how we’re defining the 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.

For more information, guidelines, and to apply, visit www.cutbankonline.org.

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