june, 2021

01junAll DayBoston Review Writing ContestsInternationalEntry Fee:$20 Max word count:10 pages (poetry), 5,000 words (short stories) Top Prize:$1,000

Boston Review Writing Contests

Event Details

We bear deep wounds—individually and collectively, for generations, for a lifetime, for a year, for a day. All have been worsened by a destructive period of pyrrhic politics that left us ill-equipped to respond to a global health catastrophe. As we struggle as a society to recover our footing and grieve our dead, Arts in Society believes that the literary arts must have a voice in the conversation about how we heal.

Tell us what it means to repair from a terrible rupture, a life-threatening harm or illness. How do we return to health, to wholeness? Is “return” even the right idea? We want to know if you think repair is possible from toxic politics, from pandemic, from racist horrors, from class warfare, from Islamophobia, from gendered violence and “reparative” therapy, from ecological brinksmanship.

Contests are open to writers from anywhere in the world.

The competition is organised by the Boston Review, an American political and literary magazine.

There are two contests:

• Annual Poetry Contest
• Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

All entries must be related to this year’s theme of Repair.

Poems and stories must be unpublished.

All entries must be in English.

The first prize winner in each contest receives US$1,000.

There is an entry fee of US$20 for writers from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.

Contestants outside U.S., Canada, Western Europe, and those experiencing hardship may enter free of charge.

The winning work will be published in Boston Review’s special literary issue Repair (March 2022)

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