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Elizabeth Alexander Writing Award 2022

The award is open to all genres, including: poetry, fiction, play scripts, and non-fiction. All submissions will be judged blind

Submit To Elizabeth Alexander Writing Award 2022

Elizabeth Alexander Writing Award 2022

Read the submission guidelines to submit to the contest.

Guidelines For Submission

The award is open to all genres, including: poetry, fiction, play scripts, and non-fiction. 

All submissions will be judged blind, please do not include any identifying information or contact information in your manuscript.

 A separate title page may be included with your submission, but is not required. We only accept previously unpublished work for publication. 

Simultaneous submissions will not be considered.


Manuscripts of 3-5 poems should be typed and formatted according to genre conventions. Please include all poems in one document. 


Prose and non-fiction manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, and no longer than 25 pages or 7,500 words. Excerpts from longer works will be considered if self-contained.

Works engaging with feminism, race, and transnationalism will be prioritized. Translated works and manuscripts in languages other than English are encouraged as well.


Play scripts should be typed, Times New Roman font, and 15-20 pages or 5,000 words.

Submit here. Any hard copy manuscripts received will be recycled unread.

Please designate “Elizabeth Alexander Award Submission” as the article type for your manuscript (see below). All misidentified submissions will not be considered for the award.

 Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word or PDF files.

The submission period for the 2023 Awards will be open from October 15th-December 31st, 2022.

Who are the judges?

Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by members of the Creative Writing Advisory Board and by readers with expertise in each genre. 

Other Writing Competitions To Enter

  1. Blue white Dot Short Story Writing Competition 2022
  2. Voice Club Flash Fiction Contest
  3. Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest 2022
  4. Lilith Annual Fiction Contest
  5. Elizabeth Alexander Writing Award 2022
  6. Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize 2022
  7. Stories Unlikely Annual Fiction Contest
  8. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest 2023
  9. Nine Dots Prize 2023
  10. Ako Caine Prize For African Writing
  11. Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest
  12. Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest
  13. Welkin Writing Prize 
  14. Tartts Fiction Award 2023
  15. Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics Essay Contest
  16. Jack Hazard Fellowship For Fiction Writers
  17. Profile In Courage Essay Contest
  18. Ballard Spahr Prize For Poetry
  19. Zocalo Poetry Prize
  20. Chestnut Review Poetry Chapbook Contest
  21. Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award 2023
  22. Global Essay Competition 2023
  23. International Student Essay Competition 2023



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Pawners Paper: Elizabeth Alexander Writing Award 2022
Elizabeth Alexander Writing Award 2022
The award is open to all genres, including: poetry, fiction, play scripts, and non-fiction. All submissions will be judged blind
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