COURAGE Writing Contest

February 9, 2023

Calling all writers and poets! Saint Paul Almanac invites you to submit your original, unpublished work to our COURAGE writing contest.

Submissions Timeline
February 9 – February 28; Contest opens on Feb 9 and closes on Feb 28, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Submissions Genres
Flash Fiction, Flash Creative Nonfiction (CNF) and Poetry

Submissions Instructions
Submissions should relate to the theme of Courage.

Cash prizes in each Genre: First Place ($100.00), Second Place: ($75.00), and Third Place ($50.00).

The winning works will be published on the Saint Paul Almanac website.

Other works submitted to the contest will undergo an editorial review process by the apprentices of the Saint Paul Almanac’s 2023 Spring Community Editors Apprenticeship Project. Selected work will appear in a forthcoming publication to be determined.

Submissions Guidelines/Notes for Each Genre Category

If applicable, please add a content warning (e.g., grief, abusive relationship, etc.) at the top of your submission and/or in your email.


Up to 1,000 words; both literary and genre work will be considered if it relates to the theme of Courage.  Please paginate your document and add Fiction and word count under the title.

Judged by Jordan Hirsch and Damien Mills


Submit 1-3 poems of any length; slight preference for formal poems although free verse is acceptable.

Judged by Katie Vagnino and Claudette Webster

Creative Non-Fiction

Up to 1000 words; please paginate your document and add CNF and word count under the title.

Judged by Wendy Brown-Baez and Paul Pfeiffer

Submissions are now closed. Thanks for your interest!

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