Call for Entries - GWG Literary Prizes

04 Mar 2016 19:24 | Deleted user

Call for entries

Geneva Writers Group Literary Prize 2016

Poetry to be judged by Aracelis Girmay

Fiction  to be judged by Geeta Kothari

Non-fiction to be judged by Annette Kobak

*** Entry deadline: May 1, 2016 ***

Announcement of winners at GWG Convocation: June 11, 2016


  • 1)      Make sure your GWG membership is up-to-date.  You must be a fully paid member, but there’s no fee to enter.
  • 2)      Your entry should be saved as a Word document, 12 point type.
  • 3)      For fiction or non-fiction, double space your text.  For poetry, format as you wish.
  • 4)      You may enter only one category.
  • 5)      For fiction or non-fiction, do not exceed 3,000 words.
  • 6)      For poetry, you may submit one or two poems, not to exceed 50 lines in total. If you are submitting two, attach them as separate files.
  • 7)      Be sure your entry has a title.  Do not include your name on the document – only identify it by the title.  Include the title(s) in the body of your email as well.
  • 8)      Send your entry to with a subject line GWG Lit Prize: Poetry (or) GWG Lit Prize: Fiction (or) GWG Lit Prize: Non-fiction.
  • 9)      In the email, please include your name as you’d like it to appear should your entry win, and add your contact details as listed in GWG membership records.
  • 10)   Only previously unpublished work may be submitted.  Self-published work is an exception and may be submitted.
  • 11)   Once you have submitted an entry, it cannot be altered in any way.
  • 12)   Each category will have a first place winner, a second place, and an honourable mention.
  • 13)   Winning entries will be not be published by the GWG online or in print.  Writers retain full rights to submit their works elsewhere.
  • 14)   Any questions? Feel free to email me! Nancy Freund at


A bit about our judges…

Poetry.  Aracelis Girmay is the author of the poetry collections Teeth and Kingdom Animalia. Teeth was a winner of the GLCA New Writers Award. Kingdom Animalia won the Isabella Gardner Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Girmay has received fellowships and grants from the Whiting Foundation, the NEA, Cave Canem, and the Jerome Foundation, among others. Her work has most recently been published in Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and Granta. Her most recent book, the black maria, is slated for publication in April.

Non-fiction. Annette Kobak is a writer and broadcaster based in London.  Her book 'Joe’s War: my father decoded' was read as Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. Isabelle, her previous biography of Swiss-born traveller Isabelle Eberhardt, was made into a film for the BBC2 series Great Journeys, and is now a Virago Classic. Annette devised and presented the BBC Radio 4 series The Art of Travel, thirty-six interviews with iconic travel writers. She has been a judge for the Society of Authors’ Travel Award, and is currently a judge for the Imison award for first radio play. She is working on a book on another writer with a Swiss background, Madame de Staël.

Fiction.  Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor of The Kenyon Review and the editor of ‘Did My Mama Like to Dance?’ and Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including the Kenyon Review, the Massachusetts ReviewFourth Genre, and Best American Essays. Her short story collection, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories is forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books in 2017.



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