American Vignette: Call for Submissions

May 10, 2014 § 9 Comments

headshotvignette (vɪˈnjɛt) – n.
1. a small illustration placed at the beginning or end of a book or chapter
2. a short graceful literary essay or sketch

Reader, blogger, and creative nonfiction essayist Andrea Badgley is seeking submissions for American Vignette: Show Us Your State, a creative nonfiction component of her Andrea Reads America project.

What she wants:

In fewer than 800 words – in a “short graceful literary essay or sketch” – describe a scene that captures a sense of place in your home state (home may be your childhood home, your current home, or anywhere in between). The sense of place may be evoked through landscape, food, culture, ecology, colloquialisms, or any distinctive element of the state you call home. Your vignette must be set in a state you have lived for a minimum of three months. Diversity is a core value of the Andrea Reads America project, so authors of all genders, colors, and heritages are encouraged to submit. Previously published work is welcome.

Full submission guidelines can be found here.

2012 Obsidian Prize for Nonfiction

February 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

Two more weeks to enter work for High Desert Journal’s 2012 Obsidian Prize for Nonfiction, with a $1000 prize, Judged by William Kittredge.

From the website:

High Desert Journal aims to explore the realm described by poet Jarold Ramsey: “I believe in an ecology of story, memory and imagination as much as an ecology of land.” As an organization focused on a specific place, we at High Desert Journal have discovered that a deep hunger of readers, writers, and artists exists for place-based arts and literature. We believe every place has an ecology of story, memory, and imagination that inspires us, connects us to one another and to a place. We want to offer the best of this “ecology” through the Obsidian Prize.

 Some details

  • $1,000 prize and publication in the High Desert Journal
  • 5,000 word max.
  • $15 entry fee
  • Deadline: February 12, 2012
  • Only unpublished work accepted
  • For writers working in or inspired by the West, Big Sky or big city. Send us your best work.


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