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Native Voices Award

Submissions are open!


Submissions are now open for the Native Voices Award for prizes up to $500 USD. No entry fee is required. Indigenous storytellers, such as from Native American, First Nation Australian, and Polynesian communities, can submit an original, unpublished work in English; short story, flash fiction, nonfiction essay, script, poetry, or visual art collection. 

Submissions must be received by October 31, 2023 and should feature themes rich in culture. Winning submissions will be featured in the Kinsman Quarterly, its social media sites, and printed promotions. Winning submissions will also be published in the 2024 anthology, Native Voices. Copyrights of the individual submissions remain with the authors and artists. However, copyrights for the anthology as a collection are reserved to Kinsman Avenue Publishing, Inc.


Those Eligible

  • individuals 18 years or older

  • literary or visual artists of an indigenous community (preferred)

  • must be able to receive cash prizes through Paypal or runner-up finalist prizes through Amazon gift cards. 

  • must allow winning submission to be published in the Kinsman Quarterly, in promotional announcements, and social media outlets


Contest Guidelines

  • Each entry should be an original, unpublished work by the submitting author, which does not infringe upon the copyrights of another individual or entity. Works published solely on the blog or social media outlets of the author or artist are eligible to submit.

  • Employees and directors of Kinsman Quarterly and Kinsman Avenue Publishing are ineligible to enter Kinsman Quarterly contests.

  • Submissions must be received by October 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

  • Submissions should feature themes related to indigenous communities; including, but not limited to, culture’s history, past/present family dynamics, customs, spirituality, myths and/or beliefs, cultural art, community challenges, etc. 

  • Participants may enter more than one submission.

  • Changes to the competition entry cannot be made once a work is submitted.


Genre Guidelines:

  • visual art piece, collection, or 1-min video

  • short stories (1000-5000)

  • flash fiction (up to 1000 words)

  • creative nonfiction (up to 1000 words)

  • poetry (1 to 5 poems)

  • onstage play (up to 10 pages)


Formatting Guidelines

  • All text entries must be in Times New Roman, font size 12, double-spaced. 

  • Text files should be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf formats.

  • Multipage submissions must include page numbers (not mandatory for title pages)

  • Be sure to remove all track changes from edited text. 

  • Visual artwork must be submitted as a high resolution .jpg or .png file.

  • Stage plays must follow the Dramatist Guild Traditional/Modern Stage Play format.

  • Video submissions for visual art entries must be in .mp4 format.

  • Entries that do not adhere to guidelines, unfortunately, will not be considered. 


Available Prizes

  • First Place = $500 cash prize and publication in the Kinsman Quarterly and Native Voices

  • Second Place = $250 cash prize and publication in the Kinsman Quarterly and Native Voices

  • Third Place = $100 cash prize and publication in the Kinsman Quarterly and Native Voices

  • Six Finalists receive $25 Amazon gift card and publication in the Kinsman Quarterly and Native Voices

  • Six Honorary Mentions to receive publication in the Kinsman Quarterly and Native Voices


Note that prizes will be received within 30 days of announcements and are non-transferable. Kinsman Quarterly reserves the right to extend competition deadline and announcement dates up to 30 days. 

Native Voices Award
Submission Form

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All contest entrants will be automatically subscribed to our mailing list and free newsletter for updates on winners and upcoming contests. Subscription is free. Your personal information will not be given or sold to an outside party under any circumstance. You may cancel subscription at any time. 

Entries that do not meet the required criteria will be disqualified without notice. Only one entry can be made per submission form. No alterations can be made to the document or artwork once submissions are received. You may, however, submit a revision in a second form, stating so in the title (example: Lord of the Bears.revised). Winners and honorable mentions will receive awards as determined in our terms and guidelines, and will be announced on our website and our newsletter on November 30, 2023. YOU MAY ONLY SUBMIT ONE FILE, USING THE PROPER UPLOAD FORM BELOW. 

You will be redirected to Submittable to upload your work. Note that you will need to create a Submittable Account if you do not have one.

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