Contest

2020 TUSCULUM REVIEW NONFICTION PRIZE

A prize of $1,000, publication in The Tusculum Review, and creation of a limited edition chapbook is awarded for the winning essay.

The deadline is April 10, 2020 on Submittable.com.

The entry fee is $15 per manuscript. Entry fees include a one-year subscription to The Tusculum Review (an annual publication) and consideration for publication.

Each manuscript should consist of a single essay between 2000 and 6500 words in a standard 12-point font. Co-authored essays are permitted. Essays may not have been previously published nor be forthcoming.

Please submit a cover letter with your entry. The cover letter should include the title of your entry, your name, postal address, phone number, and email address. Please do NOT include your name or any other identifying information on any page of the essay manuscript.

Entry fees include a one-year subscription to The Tusculum Review (an annual publication) and consideration for publication.

Editors of The Tusculum Review and final judge David Lazar will determine the winner of the 2020 prize. Family, friends, and previous students of the final judge as well as the Tusculum Review editors are disqualified from the contest, as are those with reciprocal professional relationships.

Manuscripts will be numbered, and all names and identifying information will not be visible to the judges. If judges do not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, The Tusculum Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or cancel the award.

OUR 2020 JUDGE

David Lazar, 2020 Judge

David Lazar, 2020 judge

David Lazar’s books include the forthcoming Celeste Holm Syndrome (Nebraska) and the anthology Don’t Look Now (Ohio State), co-edited with Kristen Iversen, as well as I’ll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms, Who’s Afraid of Helen of Troy, After Montaigne, Occasional Desire: Essays, The Body of Brooklyn, Truth in Nonfiction, Essaying the Essay, Powder Town, Michael Powell: Interviews, and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher. Nine of his essays have been “Notable Essays of the Year” according to Best American Essays, including 2016-18. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Lazar is founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, now in its nineteenth year, and series editor, with Patrick Madden, of 21st Century Essays, at Ohio State University Press. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction for 2015-16.

2019 POETRY CHAPBOOK PRIZE WINNER

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Tanya Paperny, Winner of 2019 Chapbook Prize

Tanya Paperny is a writer, editor, and translator in Washington, D.C. Her journalism, essays, poetry, and literary translations have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her poem “Prababushka,” about her revolutionary great-grandmother, was selected as Split This Rock’s “Poem of the Week” in 2018, and Tanya is at work on a literary nonfiction book about the same badass great-grandmother. Tanya is the recipient of fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Vermont Studio Center, and OMI International Arts Center. The child of Soviet Jewish refugees, Tanya’s work deals with the aftermath of atrocity. 

                                                                                                                                                                       

 

OUR 2019 JUDGE

Bhanu Kapil, 2019 judge

Bhanu Kapil, 2019 judge

 

Bhanu Kapil is an English rose, not that you’d know it at first glance. Born in the UK to Indian parents, she now lives and works in the US, where she is a professor at Naropa University and Goddard College. She maintains an exciting and beautiful blog, The Vortex of Formidable Sparkles, which recently passed its “million point” and is also the author of five spectacular yet relentlessly grim books, most recently Incubation: a space for monsters, which is to be re-published in a new edition, with a preface by Eunsong Kim, by Kelsey Street Press.  Bhanu is is also currently writing a new work, an inversion of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is not going well. Will Bhanu ever become a widely read British novelist? Please send practical advice on how to become a British novelist and/or a note of encouragement to thisbhanu@yahoo.com. In better news, in summer 2018, Bhanu had her first solo European exhibition, curated by Harry Burke during Art Basel, at S.A.L.T.S. In summer 2019, Bhanu, a devotee of Hanuman, will be launching The Hanuman Institute, an art school for writers, both online and off, in venues that include Loveland, Rishikesh, Edinburgh, Malmo, Johannesburg and Oakland.  You can find her on Twitter at @thisbhanu.

 

2018 POETRY CHAPBOOK PRIZE WINNER

Stella Reed, winner of 2018 poetry chapbook prize Photo credit: Laura Star

Stella Reed, winner of 2018 poetry chapbook prize
Photo credit: Laura Star

Stella Reed is the co-author of We Were Meant to Carry Water, forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press in 2019. She teaches poetry to women in domestic violence and homeless shelters through WingSpan Poetry Project in Santa Fe, NM. She’s recently published in The Bellingham ReviewAmerican Journal of Poetry, and Tahoma Literary Review and has a piece forthcoming this summer in the Black Lawrence Press anthology, They Said.

OUR 2018 JUDGE

Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including AgniBoston ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her third book, Empty Clip, will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018.

Emilia Phillips, 2018 judge. Photo by Tracy Tanner.

Emilia Phillips, 2018 judge. Photo by Tracy Tanner.

PREVIOUS CONTEST JUDGES

Previous contest judges for The Tusculum Review include: Mary Jo Bang, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, Jericho Brown, Amy Gerstler, Jaimy Gordon, Allison Joseph, Michael Martone, Clay Matthews, Sara Pritchard, Nate Pritts, and Wayne Lee Thomas.