The Georgia Review Prose Prize

Jennine Capó Crucet. Photo by Monica McGivern.

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Georgia Review Prose Prize contest, which will be judged by Jennine Capó Crucet. The best short story and essay will both be published in The Georgia Review. This year the overall winner, chosen between the two, will also receive $1,500 and an expenses-paid trip to read with Crucet at the Smithsonian’s 2023 Asian American Literature Festival in Washington, D.C., a three-day event that has featured writers like Kristen Arnett, Alexander Chee, Don Share, and Danez Smith. The runner-up will receive $600. We invite writers from all backgrounds to submit.

Jennine Capó Crucet is a novelist, essayist, and former Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times. Her novel Make Your Home Among Strangers (2015) won the International Latino Book Award, was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice book, and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, the Miami Herald, and other venues; it has been adopted as an all-campus read at over forty American universities. She is also the author of the multiple award-winning story collection How to Leave Hialeah (2009) and the essay collection My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education (2019), which was long-listed for the 2019 PEN America/Open Book Award. Her fourth book, a novel titled Say Hello to My Little Friend, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. Her writing has appeared on PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, and in publications such as the AtlanticCondé Nast Traveler, and others. Born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents, Crucet has worked as a professor of ethnic studies and of creative writing at the University of Nebraska and Florida State University, as a college access counselor to first-generation college students from low-income families, and as a sketch comedienne. She lives in North Carolina with her family.

Submissions must be sent either through Submittable between November 1 and January 15 or by regular mail postmarked within the same span of time. An entry should include either one short story or one essay. Only one entry per writer. Submissions cost $30, which includes a one-year subscription to The Georgia Review. Current subscribers to The Georgia Review may enter the competition free of charge.* Simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, writers must notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. All entries will be considered for publication.

*Current subscribers (those with an active, paid subscription) should contact us and provide their name and mailing address in order to receive a link to submit for free. Please allow 24 hours for your request to be processed.

Postal submissions: Include (1) a cover letter that provides your phone number and email address, (2) a self-addressed and stamped envelope for announcement of contest winner and notice of whether your work has been selected for publication, and (3) if you are not a current subscriber, a check for $30 for your entry fee and subscription. Checks should be made payable to The Georgia Review, and envelopes should be addressed to The Georgia Review Prose Prize, The Georgia Review, Room 706A Main Library, the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-9009.

Please note that students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently affiliated with the University of Georgia are ineligible for the contest. Intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of a judge are also ineligible to enter.