The 2012 Boston Review Essay Contest
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Judge: Glenn Loury
Prize: $1,500 plus publication
With all the derision cast upon flip-floppers and etch-a-sketches, it is easy to forget that changing one's mind can be a noble and decent act. Sometimes a conversion is unavoidable. It can come fast or slow, deliberately or unexpectedly. There is no formula, and that's why the story of a changed mind can be a great one.
Boston Review wants you to tell us how you came to see things differently. We are looking for personal essays of up to 3,000 words that describe experiences or encounters that forced you to recognize dissonances in your worldviews, struggle with those dissonances, and ultimately affirm new moral, intellectual, spiritual, or political commitments. Essays will be judged on the strength of the writing and critical analysis.
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, March 2013. Essays should not exceed 3,000 words. Mailed manuscripts should be double-spaced and submitted with a cover note listing the author's name, address, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submission. Names should not appear on the essays themselves. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted, submissions will not be returned, and submissions may not be modified after entry. A non-refundable $20 entry fee, payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order or by credit card, must accompany each story entered. All submitters receive a complementary six-month subscription (3 issues) to Boston Review. Submissions must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2012. The winner will be announced in March 2013, on the Boston Review Web site.
Please enter online using our contest entry manager
This requires payment using a credit card.
Or mail submissions to:
Short Story Contest, Boston Review
PO Box 425786
Cambridge, MA 02142