The Beacon Street Prize will open for submissions on Feb. 15, 2014. Please see below for contest details, judge information, and last year’s winners.
Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize
Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize began in honor of our 10th anniversary and was such a great success that we plan on holding it annually! Open to fiction, poetry, and for the first time nonfiction, the 2014 contest will award our favorite poem, story and essay $500 each and publication in issue 12.1, our 2014 Winter issue. The winning pieces will be selected by our guest judges: Terrance Hayes (poetry), Christopher Castellani (fiction), and Cheryl Strayed (nonfiction).
The entrance fee is $15 and comes with a FREE one-year subscription to Redivider. Each entry should consist of either one story or essay (maximum 8,000 words) or up to three poems.
The contest opens on February 15, 2014 and will close on May 31, 2014. Submission links will be available here once the contest is open.
Here’s some information on our judges:
Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his family. How To Be Drawn, his new collection of poems, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2015.
Christopher Castellani is the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country’s leading non-profit creative writing centers. He is the author of two previous critically-acclaimed novels, A Kiss from Maddalena (Algonquin Books, 2003)—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004—and The Saint of Lost Things (Algonquin Books, 2005), a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book that was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006. His newest book, All This Talk of Love, focuses on the cultural identities of an Italian-American family.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Jean-Marc Vallée is directing the film adaptation of Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. The film is being produced by Pacific Standard and will be distributed by Fox Searchlight in 2014. Wild was selected as the winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Indie Choice Award, an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. Strayed’s writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Missouri Review, The Sun, The Rumpus–where she has written the popular “Dear Sugar” column since 2010–and elsewhere. Strayed was the guest editor of The Best American Essays 2013 and has contributed to many anthologies. Her books have been translated into thirty languages around the world. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their two children.
Our 2013 Redivider Beacon Street Prize winners, to be published in issue 11.1 (winter, 2013), are:
“The House of Broken Dishes” by Shelly Weathers, selected by Amy Hempel in fiction
“Ode to a Bat” by Kelly Michels, selected by Heather McHugh in poetry