Michael Steinberg Essay Prize Submission Guidelines
About the Award
Fourth Genre will seek the best creative nonfiction essay/memoir for
its sixth annual Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Authors of previously
unpublished manuscripts are encouraged to enter.
The winning author receives $1,000, and the winning entry will be
published in an upcoming issue of Fourth Genre. Runner-up entry will be
considered for publication.
SUBMISSIONS THAT DO NOT COMPLY WITH THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE RECYCLED
UNREAD. PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY PRIOR TO SUBMISSION.
COMPLETE ENTRY FEE CHECKS FULLY AND CORRECTLY; INCLUDE WITH SUBMISSIONS.
Reading period: January 5–February 28. Submissions must be postmarked
on or before February 28.
Reading fee: $15 (U.S.) per entry
Make checks payable to “Michigan State University Press”
Multiple submissions accepted; include $15 entry fee for each
Include in cover letter (one page limit): name, address, phone number,
email address, title of piece, and approximate word count
No names should appear anywhere on the manuscript
Word limit - 6,000 (Longer submissions will not be read)
Winners will be announced on our website at
all manuscripts recycled
Current Michigan State University students, faculty, and staff are not
eligible to enter the Michael Steinberg Essay Prize contest.
Electronic submissions will not be considered
For manuscript receipt confirmation, include a self-addressed stamped
Contest status queries will not be accepted
Winner and runner-up (if applicable) announced at the end of April
Send submissions to:
Fourth Genre Editors’ Prize
201 Morrill Hall
Department of English
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036