Beacon Street Prize


We launched the Beacon Street Prize in 2012, in honor of our 10th anniversary, and writers and readers responded with such enthusiasm that we now hold it annually. Welcoming submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the 2016 contest will open February 15 and close April 30. The $20 entry fee includes a complementary one-year print subscription to Redivider, and will qualify each short story, essay, or poem $1,000 each and publication in Issue 14.1 (our Winter 2016 issue).


$1,000 prize for fiction | $1,000 for nonfiction | $1,000 for poetry



Alexandra Kleeman (fiction)

Steven Church (nonfiction)

Amy Gerstler (poetry)



  • Length Restrictions: 8,000 words max for fiction; 6,000 words max for nonfiction; three (3) poems max.
  • Submission Period: February 15, 2016 through April 30, 2016.
  • Submission Fee: $20 per entry, including a complementary one-year print subscription to Redivider.
  • More about Submissions: Entrants may submit as many times as they please, to as many categories as they please, with the fee dropping to $10 for each subsequent submission.
  • Manuscript Specifications: Fiction and nonfiction writers should include one short story or essay per file per submission; poets should compile up to three poems into a single file for each submission. Submissions must not contain the author’s name or any other identifying information. All entries must go through our online submission manager.
  • Eligibility: All are eligible except current and former Emerson College students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, our judges’ students, or those with a personal connection to any one judge, are asked not to submit to that judge’s category.



For questions or comments, please contact our contest assistant at



AuthorPhotoAlexandra Kleeman is a NYC-based writer of fiction and nonfiction, and a PhD candidate in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Her fiction has been published in The Paris ReviewZoetrope: All-StoryConjunctionsGuernica, and Gulf Coast, among others. Nonfiction essays and reportage have appeared in Tin Housen+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of the forthcoming debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Harper, 2015) and Intimations(Harper, 2016), a short story collection.

13268be877b735d65863291f4f7d1666_400x400Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic AngstUltrasonic: Essays (Lavender Ink) and a forthcoming fifth book from Dzanc Books. His essays have been published in Passages North, DIAGRAM, Brevity, River Teeth, The Rumpus, AGNI, The Pedestrian, Colorado Review, Creative Nonfiction,, and many others. He is a Founding Editor and Nonfiction Editor for the nationally recognized literary magazine, The Normal School; and he teaches in the MFA Program at Fresno State.

Photo on 9-5-13 at 11.26 AMAmy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. Scattered at Sea, a book of her poems, was published by Penguin in June, 2015, and longlisted for the National Book Award. Her book Dearest Creature (Penguin 2009) was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and was short listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. Her previous twelve books include Ghost Girl, Medicine, Crown of Weeds, which won a California Book Award, Nerve Storm, and Bitter Angel, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. She was the 2010 guest editor of the yearly anthology Best American Poetry. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry several volumes of Best American Poetry and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry. She has taught writing and/or visual art at the California Institute of the Arts, Cal Tech, Art Center College of Design, the University of Utah, Pitzer College, and elsewhere. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of California at Irvine, where she is a professor of English.


Congratulations to our 2015 Beacon Street Prize winners, forthcoming in 13.1!

Fiction“Tenants” by Ben Nickol, selected by James Scott

Poetry: “Fell the Trees” by Julie Henson, selected by Laura Kasischke

Nonfiction: “I’m Trying To Tell You I’m Sorry” by Nina Boutsikaris, selected by Susannah Cahalan