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Stories of 

Open Submissions Throughout 2024 

Nonfiction essays of inspiration wanted (between 500 to 2,000 words). Submissions should highlight the struggle and resilience of the human spirit, especially related to cultures of marginalized communities. Essays must be original, unpublished works in English. A successful entry will be awarded each month and included within Kinsman Quarterly's online journal and magazine. No entry fee required.


Those Eligible

  • individuals 18 years or older

  • individuals of a BIPOC or underrepresented community (preferred)

  • individuals able to receive cash prizes through Paypal (non-transferable).

  • Individuals able to license the unpublished work 


Submission Guidelines

  • Each essay should be an original, unpublished work by the submitting author, which does not infringe upon the copyrights of another individual or entity. 

  • Submissions are selected monthly and can be received anytime before 11:59pm EST on December 31, 2024. 

  • Submissions should feature stories of the resilience of the human spirit, especially related to cultures of marginalized communities.

  • Participants may submit more than one entry, but cannot be awarded more than once in the same year.

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


IMPORTANT Genre and Formatting Guidelines

  • nonfiction essays only (500-2000)

  • 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. (NOT .txt)

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

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

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


Stories of Inspiration
Submission Form

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Only one entry can be made per submission form. Successful submissions will be notified within 90 days. Unsuccessful entries or entries that do not meet the required criteria will be dismissed without notice. No alterations can be made to the document or artwork once submissions are received. YOU MAY ONLY SUBMIT ONE FILE, USING THE PROPER UPLOAD FORM BELOW. 

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