Submissions are open for the 2022 MAYDAY Creative Nonfiction Prize. Winner receives $1,000 and publication. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2022.
- Submit an essay (2000-7500 words) exploring the theme of Disappearance (of people, places, things, etc).
Entries must be previously unpublished. All entries will be considered for publication at MAYDAY.
Manuscripts must be in English. All styles, forms, and genres of creative nonfiction are welcome.
Multiple and simultaneous submissions are welcome. Each submission must be accompanied by a separate fee. Please notify MAYDAY immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We read manuscripts blind, so please exclude identifying information from the manuscript itself. All relevant contact information is included in your Submittable file.
- Reading fee: $20. Online submissions only, please.
The final judge this year is DARIN STRAUSS, bestselling author of several books, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning memoir Half a Life (Random House, 2011) and most recently the acclaimed novel The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story (Random House, 2020). Strauss is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Library Association Award, and numerous other prizes. His books have been named New York Times Notable Books and Best Books of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon, Chicago Tribune, NPR, and others. Strauss is a clinical associate professor of writing at New York University and lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn.