Nonfiction Contest

The Boston Accent 'Wicked Short' Nonfiction Prize

We're looking for creative nonfiction that is fast and powerful yet thoughtful and structured. Work that has the immediacy of poetry or memes. Submissions don’t have to be pure narratives or memoir; experimental or essayistic approaches are encouraged. Whatever form you can imagine should suffice, as long as it's nonfictional. 


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions are open until March 20, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Send your piece to (limit one entry per person).

Suggested length is 500-1,000 words, but up to 2,000 words is okay.

Original work only (no reprints).

Submissions will be read anonymously. Please don’t include names or other identifying information on your document or in its file name.  

The contest will be judged by Editor-in-Chief Sarah A. O'Brien and Nonfiction Editor Alexander Castro.


Two pieces will be published online in Boston Accent Lit.

First place winner receives $75.

Runner-up will receive a book of their choice (list price $25 or less).  

Best of luck! Happy writing.