The scoop: From August 1st to September 15th (12 pm EST) send us your finest creative nonfiction between 1,500 – 8,000 words! $500 to the winner. (All essays will be considered for publication.) We like to keep it simple.
But what are you looking for?
Well, that’s a good question. Hmm. Striking language! A certain kind of un-put-downableness! A voice we won’t be able to stop thinking about! The old cliche is true: we often don’t know what we’ll love until we read it and, well, fall in love with it.
Who will choose the winning essay?
We’re thrilled to announce that Meredith Hall will be selecting the winning essay. Her memoir, Without a Map, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Maine Book of the Year, and Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and BookSense.
Her awards include the $50,000 Gift of Freedom literary award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, Pushcart, and Best American. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre and many other journals and anthologies. Hall has just completed her first novel. She is Emeritus Professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire.
Other stuff we should know?
Please submit only one entry. Simultaneous submissions are a-OK in our book, but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Don’t get too fancy or tricky with formatting: 12 pt. font is good, as is double-spacing, as are secret enchantments hidden between paragraphs, etc.
What the heck’s up with this Tip Jar?
We want to make sure that everyone is able to submit work to Outlook Springs without stressing about a submission fee. Life’s hard enough without submission fees. But if you feel like tipping when you submit your work, well, that’s very nice too. Publishing a print-and-online journal is expensive. Prize money is expensive. Every little bit helps.
That being said: we will not distinguish tippers from non-tippers. Our emphasis is 100% on the quality of the work. Please don’t feel obligated to tip. Seriously. If you do, great. If not, great. We’ll always love you.