Through generous funding from the Gillmer Kroehle Foundation, Hiram College announces its seventeenth fall competition in the genre of creative nonfiction. Criticism, reviews, and scholarly work do not qualify as creative nonfiction. Submissions must fall within the guidelines for the genre developed by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP): “Factual and literary writing that has the narrative, dramatic, meditative, and lyrical elements of novels, plays, poetry, and memoirs.” In addition to meeting these guidelines, work must be original and unpublished (work that has appeared in a school publication, however, may be submitted to this contest).

The contest is open to all currently enrolled Hiram College undergraduates. Only one entry per person will be accepted. All prizes will be awarded, and honorable mention status will be given to any additional manuscripts of distinction.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically at The Submittable program requires you to create a free account before you can submit. No manuscripts over 5000 words will be accepted. Manuscripts must be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font and include the title of the piece and word count only; your name must not appear on this manuscript. Personal information will be submitted separately on the website. The following file types are acceptable: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf. All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Monday, October 31, 2016.