The editors of Columbia Journal are delighted to officially announce that the 2020 Winter Contest is now open for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Our judges this year will be Viet Thanh Nguyen (fiction), Jia Tolentino (nonfiction), Roger Reeves (poetry), and Sawako Nakayasu (translation). Submissions open today on Submittable, and the deadline to submit is December 15. See our submission guidelines here.
The four 1st place winners of the Winter Contest will be published in print in Columbia Journal Issue 59 in Spring 2020, and will receive a $500 cash prize. At least two additional runner-ups will be selected and announced for each genre. There is a $15 entry fee for each submission. You can read the full contest guidelines and more about this year’s judges below.
Viet Thanh Nguyen (fiction judge) is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Refugees, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, The Sympathizer, and its forthcoming sequel, The Committed (March 2021)
Jia Tolentino (nonfiction judge) is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror.
Roger Reeves’ (poetry judge) work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, Tin House, among other publications. Reeves is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize as well as a Whiting Award in Poetry. His first book is King Me, published in 2013, and his second collection of poetry is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.
Sawako Nakayasu (translation judge) is an artist who works with language, translation, and performance. She is the author of /The Ants/, /Mouth: Eats Color/, and /Costume en Face/. Her most recent book, /Some Girls Walk Into the Country They Are From/, was published in October, 2020.