The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity online of original, personally driven writing.
Submissions for the 2014 Talking Writing contests—in flash nonfiction and advice writing—are now closed. The prize winners will be announced here in December 2014. TW's 2015 contests will open again next spring, so stay tuned for additional information about new contest topics and deadlines.
Thanks to all 2014 contest entrants for your wonderful submissions and support of TW. We're looking forward to reading every one—and we might even take some of your good advice.
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
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
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, selecting the correct category name for your entry. (For example: "Contest 2014: TW Prize for Flash Nonfiction.") 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 story is accepted elsewhere. We'll consider unpublished works only, and all entries must be in English.
Include only the story title 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.
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.
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