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The Amy Wainright Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Manuscripts in this category must consist of factual and literary writing that has the narrative, dramatic, meditative, and/or lyrical elements of fiction, plays, poetry, and/or memoir. (No conventional scholarly or critical essays.)


Creative nonfiction is “factual prose that is also literary—infused with the stylistic devices, tropes, and rhetorical flourishes of the best fiction and the most lyrical of narrative poetry. It is fact-based writing that remains compelling, . . . [and] that has at heart an interest in enduring human values: foremost a fidelity to accuracy, to truthfulness. Its very literariness distinguishes this writing from deadline reportage, daily journalism, academic criticism, and critical biography. It is storytelling of a very high order through the revelation of character and the suspense of plot, the subtle braiding of themes, rhythms and resonance, memory and imaginative research, precise and original language” (Carolyn Forché and Philip Gerard, Writing Creative Nonfiction).

Submission Guidelines

  • Your manuscript must include a single work that totals no more than fifteen pages.
  • You may submit only one manuscript in this category.
  • Creative nonfiction must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, using Ariel 12 pt font, and including page numbers, unless a compelling reason necessitates different formatting. Submit as .Doc, .Docx, PDF, or .RTF document.
  • Your name must not appear on the manuscript. 

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