Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art is now accepting original work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the Issue 54 Writing Prize. One winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize and publication in Issue 54, due out this spring. All entires will be considered for online publication.
Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art was founded in 1977 and, in the years since, has published work from Nobel laureates and unknowns, National Book-award winners and newcomers. Our archives include everyone from Raymond Carver to Lorrie Moore to Louise Glück to Philip Gourevitch to Noam Chomsky to Etgar Keret. Recent issues have featured Lydia Davis, Deb Olin Unferth, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Richard Ford, and Michael Ondaatje, as well as Amy Bloom and Philip Lopate.
This year’s contest judges:
Fiction: Max Apple
Nonfiction: Mark Greif
Poetry: Martin Espada
Deadline for submission is December 31, 2015.
Entry fee: $15
For more information about our judges and to submit please go to our Submittable Page.
About this year’s contest judges:
Fiction Judge - Max Apple is an American short story writer, novelist, and professor at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Apple was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and received his B.A. and Ph.D from The University of Michigan
Nonfiction Judge - Mark Greif is the co-funder of the literary journal n+1. In 2005 and again in 2007 his essays from n+1 were chosen for Best American Essays, the second time by David Foster Wallace. He has been an editor of the books What Was the Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation (n+1/HarperCollins), with Kathleen Ross and Dayna Tortorici. His scholarly book, The Age of the Crisis of Man, providing a new picture of literature and intellect in the mid-20th century, has been published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. Greif’s criticism and journalism have appeared in publications including London Review of Books, New York Times, Boston Globe, TLS, New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, Guardian (UK), New Statesman, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt,Courrier Internationale, Etiqueta Negra, Village Voice, Dissent, and, principally, n+1.
Poetry Judge - Martin Espada has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011), is the recipient of the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. The Republic of Poetry (Norton, 2006) received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A previous book of poems, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other poetry collections include A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (Norton, 2000), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (Norton, 1993), and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands(Curbstone, 1990). He has received other recognition such as the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Creeley Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His work has been widely translated; collections of poems have been published in Spain, Puerto Rico and Chile. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple(South End Press, 1998), has been banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. A graduate of Northeastern University Law School and a former tenant lawyer, Espada is currently a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.