2016 Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing

Read the 2016 winners here

Read the 2015 winners here

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Prize: $500 cash prize. Winner will be published in CALYX Journal Vol. 30:1, Summer 2017. Winner and two finalists will receive a one-volume subscription to CALYX Journal and publication on CALYX’s website.

Dates: July 1 - September 30, 2016, postmarked

Final Judge: Katherine Malmo

Please submit up to 10,000 words of unpublished fiction or creative nonfiction. One piece of prose per submission. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged. The CALYX editorial collective reads all manuscripts first, then selects 5-10 finalists to send to the final judge.


For postal submissions:

Please send single submission, cover letter with name and contact information, and $20 reading fee (checks payable to CALYX, Inc.).

                  Send materials to:                              

                  CALYX, Inc.

                  Margarita Donnelly Prize

                  PO Box B

                  Corvallis, OR 97339

For online submissions:

Please upload one prose piece (10,000 word maximum) in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdx file to our online submission manager.  Reading fee ($20 + $1 paypal processing fee) is payable with Visa or Mastercard through our secure online payment portal. Do not include name on submissions—each will be read blind.

To submit online, please visit: www.calyxpress.org/submissions


About the judge:

Katherine Malmo is a Seattle-based freelance writer and editor. Her memoir, Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition was published by CALYX Books in 2011 and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her writing has won the Goldberg Prize for Fiction, the PNWA Short Fiction Award, and been published in The Bellevue Literary Review, CALYX Journal, Gastronomica, and Good Housekeeping Magazine. You can read more about her work at www.katherinemalmo.com


About the contest:

Margarita Donnelly was one of the four founders of CALYX, as well as its director, editor, manager, energy, and soul. Her incredible spirit and passion kept the journal running for nearly four decades. The first contest in her honor highlights the love, talent, and skill she brought to the arts, especially in the world of prose.