Our biennial nonfiction and poetry contests will open for submissions on February 15!

Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize

Send us all forms of poetry including lyric, experimental, and formal work. Up to three poems may be submitted in a single document. The contest fee is $15.00 per submission of three poems. Judge: Tarfia Faizullah.

Ray Ventre Nonfiction Prize

We accept lyric essays, personal essays, memoir, literary journalism, or hybrid work (maximum of 10,000 words). Judge: Tyrese L. Coleman.

Info for both contests: Submissions must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if the piece is accepted elsewhere (refunds are not available). Students of Northern Michigan University and friends of the Passages North staff are not eligible. First prize for each contest is $1000 and publication in Passages North. One or more honorable mentions may also be selected and published. All entrants receive a copy of the contest issue. Contest close April 15, 2019.

Click here to submit online.

To submit a hard copy, send paper manuscripts to Passages North, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855. Please indicate the contest name on the envelope, and make checks payable to “Northern Michigan University.” Contact passages@nmu.edu with any questions.

Look for our fiction and short-short contests next year.