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The Down Under Essay Contest

Creative Nonfiction in association with Tashmadada present The Down Under Essay Contest.

Judged by Lee Gutkind (USA) and Leah Kaminsky (AUS)

The U.S. quarterly magazine, Creative Nonfiction in association with Tashmadada, seeks new essays for a special “Australia” issue.

We’re looking for a variety of perspectives – from locals, expats, tourists, or anyone else – and will consider essays of all forms and focuses as long as Australia’s landscape, people, and/or culture are prominently featured; the stories are true; and submissions are previously unpublished.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic. Writing should combine a strong and compelling narrative with
a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning.
We're looking for a well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Essays must be 4,000 words maximum and submitted by March 16th 2012

There will be two contest winners, but all submissions will be considered by the judges for inclusion in Creative Nonfiction #46: Australia, which will be launched at the 2012 Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Prizes generously provided by The Writers Conversation.

$6500 For Best Essay*
$2500 For Best Essay by an Australian Writer **

Electronic submissions only.
There is a $20 reading fee; multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay).
All submitters have the option to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction with their reading fee; up charges vary and depend on mailing address and postal rates.
To submit please click the appropriate links below:

Reading fee plus a 4-issue subscription:
to the U.S: $25
to Canada $45
to anywhere else in the world: $60

Reading fee only $20

*All writers and submissions, regardless of country of origin, will be considered for the $6,500 prize.
** Only submitters who are current citizens or permanent residents of the Commonwealth of Australia will be considered for this prize. The same writer/essay may not win both prizes.

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