Friday, September 03, 2010

Lumina (Sarah Lawrence College) Non-fiction Contest

Deadline: 15 November 2010
Eligibility: no restrictions
Reading/Application Fee: $10
Accepts (genre): non-fiction (essay, memoir, biography)
Prize/Payment: $500

Start submitting your fantastic nonfiction of any kind! Essay, memoir, biography--anything goes, as long as contest judge Vivian Gornick approves.

These guidelines are posted for your reference only.

First prize: $500, plus publication in LUMINA
Second prize: $100
Third prize: $50

(All contest entries will automatically be considered for regular publication.)

Deadline: November 15, 2010.

Entry fee: $10 per submission (up to two entries per author). Make check or money order payable to LUMINA, and mail it to:

Sarah Lawrence College
Slonim House
One Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999

You must also email your entry to The subject of your email should be “SUBMISSION — CONTEST.” Write your email address on your check so that your entry can be matched to your payment.

General guidelines for submissions:

1. We accept only email submissions. Send all emails to Paper submissions will not be considered or returned.
2. The subject of your email should be “SUBMISSION” + the category of your work, e.g. “SUBMISSION — POETRY” or “SUBMISSION — ART.”
3. Please send manuscripts in a Microsoft Word 2003-compatible (.rtf, .doc) or OpenDocument (.odt) format. We are unable to read files with the extension “.docx”. For art submissions, image resolution should be 300 dpi.
4. Please include a three-sentence biographical statement with your submission.
5. Poets may submit up to three poems, 60 lines maximum per poem.
6. Fiction and nonfiction writers may submit up to two pieces, 5,000 words maximum per piece. Please double space and number pages. Our policy is blind submissions; your name should appear on the front page only and will be removed prior to review.
7. Previously published works will not be considered. If your work is selected by us, rights will revert to author after publication in Lumina; subsequent publishers should credit us for first appearance.
8. Simultaneous submissions are considered as long as we are notified immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Once we have accepted a piece, we assume that it will be published by us.
9. We reserve the right to publish some of the pieces of each issue on our website.
10. We reserve the right to edit submissions for style, grammar, and length. Non-standard English must be integral to the idea of the piece to be considered acceptable.
11. We strongly recommend that all foreign-language submissions be accompanied by an English translation.
12. We reserve the right to crop, edit, or otherwise modify art submissions to meet our printer’s specifications.

More information here.

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