The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity online of original, personally driven writing.
TW's 2015 contest—for hybrid poetry—has now closed.
In December, we'll announce the prizewinner in this space and in E-News. The winning entry will be published in Talking Writing next year, along with the work of any finalists.
Until then, stay tuned for details about upcoming TW contests, which will open again in spring 2016.
General Contest Guidelines
Since its debut in 2010, Talking Writing has showcased personal essays and other endangered forms of literary and journalistic writing.
TW editors believe strongly in building a community that promotes literary culture all over the Web—and the world. TW features have been reprinted in Salon, Ebony, and the Huffington Post, among other online media sites. TW issues have featured interviews with Jennifer Egan, Robert Olen Butler, Terry Tempest Williams, Connie Willis, Andrew Lam, Mark Vonnegut, and many others. TW also publishes poetry, fiction, and the work of visual artists and photographers.
All contest submissions are reviewed by top TW editors and considered for publication in the magazine.
Submit all entries at talkingwriting.submittable.com. The $15 fee for each entry offsets administrative costs and supports ongoing publication of TW.
Enter as many pieces as you like, although each entry requires a separate submission and contest fee. Simultaneous submissions are fine, too, as long as you notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. We'll consider unpublished works only, and all entries must be in English.
Include only the title of your piece and page numbers on the first page and in the header. Author names, bios, and cover letters will not be seen by contest readers or judges until the winners have been selected.
Prizewinners receive a cash award and publication in Talking Writing.
TW Contest Winners for 2014
Talking Writing Prize for Flash Nonfiction
Judge: Dinty W. Moore
Winner: Stephen Brown for How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?
Talking Writing Prize for Advice Writing
Judge: Emily Toth
Winner: Ruth Carmel for Misdirection
TW Contest Winners for 2013
Talking Writing Prize for Flash Fiction
Judge: Joanne Avallon
Winner: Charlotte M. Porter for Deaf Uncle
Talking Writing Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Topic: Family Life
Judge: Lorraine Berry
Winner: Drew Ciccolo for Paige
TW Contest Winners for 2012
Talking Writing Prize for Short Fiction
Judge: David Cameron
Winner: David Meischen for Agua Dulce
Talking Writing Prize for Nature Writing
Judge: Steven Lewis
Winner: John Gredler for Glistening Scar
By submitting a contest entry, you agree that if your piece is a prize winner or is selected for publication, Talking Writing, Inc., will acquire First North American serial rights, the right to put it or portions of it on the TW website, and the one-time, non-exclusive right to include it in a TW anthology, should there ever be one. All other rights are retained by the author.
You also warrant that your piece is an original work, is solely owned by you, and has not been previously published.
The public domain image here is from Guide to the Construction of Letters, created circa 1595 by Dutch artist Joris Hoefnagel. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program and via the Public Domain Review.