Congratulations to the 2017 winners
Danny Coleman for “Soon”
Danny Coleman is an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University. He was a finalist for the 2017 Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Contest. This is his first publication.
Mick Powell for “last night I dreamed KJ undead”
Mick Powell is a queer black Cape Verdean poet who is working on a MFA at Southern Connecticut State University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Apogee Journal, Winter Tangerine, and other publications.
Easton Smith for “Dispatches from the War on Christmas”
Easton Smith is a community organizer and writer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His writing has been published in the Sonora Review, Mask magazine, and online at Brine Waves, which he co-edits with a small collective of climate justice activists.
2017 Contest Judges
Karan Mahajan (Fiction)
Bianca Stone (Poetry)
Valeria Luiselli (Nonfiction)
Our annual writing contest is now closed. The contest will reopen later this year. The winners will have their work published in the print issue 57 of Columbia Journal and receive a cash prize.
We accept submissions in the following three categories:
Fiction (up to 5,000 words)
Nonfiction (up to 5,000 words)
Poetry (up to five pages)
– Entry to the 2017 Winter Contest requires a$15 fee. Multiple submissions are welcome, but note that the entry fee applies to each submission.
– All work must be submitted through Submittable (we will not accept mailed submissions).
– All work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
– Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We accept submissions from U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We also accept submissions from non-U.S. citizens who are living outside the U.S. If you have studied or taught at the Columbia University Writing Program at any time in the past three years, you are ineligible to submit to the contest.