$2,500 Conger Beasley Award for Nonfiction

Deadline: May 18, 2021

We will begin accepting entries for 2021 via Submittable on November 16, 2020.

To view the 2020 winner click here

Guidelines

Upload your writing online by midnight (CST) Monday, May 18th. Entries sent after midnight (PST) May 18th cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to insure best service.  

Submit with each entry:

$24 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. A one-year subscription or subscription renewal to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States, is included in the price of the first entry.  (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $20 postal surcharge.)  

Please include one cover sheet stating the genre (nonfiction) and the tile of the essay. Your personal information should not appear anywhere on the entry.  

The name of the file you upload should be the title of the essay you are entering into the contest.

Rules & Notes

  • Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • All entries will be considered for publication in New Letters.
  • Essay entries may not exceed 8,000 words.
  • Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees.  
  • No substitutions after submissions.  No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
  • Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.

Timeline

  • Finalists are notified in mid-August, after preliminary judging.
  • Final judging selects one winner and one runner-up in each category, announced the third week of September.
  • Judges have the option to select work for second runner-up and honorable mentions.
  • These and all other entries will be considered for publication by the New Letters editor.
Enter your work by clicking "Submittable" above.