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CALYX Journal announces The Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing

CALYX Press is using some seriously bold text to start up a new contest this year honouring one of our founders. Margarita Donnelly, who passed away last December, helped establish our feminist press 40 years ago because she thought it was stupid that women were severely under-represented in the literary world. We personally find it stupid that 40 years have gone by and those stats haven’t changed by much, but we’re using the time to publish fine writing by new and established authors, so it still feels good.

The Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing purposely does not use the word “Fiction” in its ridiculously long name. We’d like to encourage prose writing of any kind, be it fiction, creative non-fiction, or memoir. There are no restrictive themes or requirements aside from the following two requests: We are looking for women-identified writers with submissions that are 10,000 words or fewer.

Our judge this year is Marianne Villanueva, a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of Jenalyn, (2014 finalist for the Saboteur Awards), Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila (a finalist for the Philippine National Book Award), Mayor of the Roses: Stories, and The Lost Language.

So send us your prose by September 30. Go ahead and submit a hard copy manuscript if you like (one of the perks of starting in 1976 is that we still work with paper) or submit online at The winner gets $500 and will be published in Vol. 29:2 (Summer 2016) of CALYX Journal. (The winner will find herself joining the ranks of our previous published authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Julia Alvarez, and Sandra Cisneros). The judge’s top three picks will be published on our website, and the authors will receive a one-volume subscription (three issues) to CALYX Journal.

If September 30 doesn’t give you enough time to pen your masterpiece, our General Submission period runs every year from October 1–December 31. We accept poetry (up to 6 poems per submission) and prose (5,000 word max) submissions. Book reviews and art submissions are accepted year-round.

Our full guidelines can be found at Happy writing!

CALYX Journal
Corvallis, OR


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