Kenneth Johnston Nonfiction Book Award
Contest dates: September 1-December 31, 2023
Seeking book length nonfiction manuscripts written primarily in English between 27,000 and 90,000 words, broken into approximately 5-12 nonfiction essays/chapters (length and number of each chapter can be very dynamic, but the minimum word count is important). All book manuscript files, following the Technical Details below, should be attached to an email sent to email@example.com.
Essays should be autobiographical in nature, but may be composed of the following types of essays:
Memoirs, essays focused around a particular thematic element
Reflective, essays focused on a particular person, place, event, or idea
Literacy Narratives, essays describing the writer’s relationship with reading, writing, education, or other creative skillset, such as art, crafts, metal working, etc.
Expository, essays that evaluate an idea based on the comparison-contrast of criteria or other views; must show personal experience with the topics
Personal Narratives, essays that share concrete descriptions of events in the person’s life
Save the book file as one doc or docx file. If you prefer sending pdf files, we will request a doc or docx file copy before publication.
Include name of writer ONLY in the email accompanying the submission, not on the manuscript itself. Writers may include a 100-word third person biography in the email.
Make certain your cover email includes the title of your book, as well. It is not necessary to send a separate cover letter.
Any illustrations or photographs must include permissions or identify the source of the images, and should be embedded in the file of the book where the writer wants the image to appear.
If you have a cover for your book in mind, you may either explain that cover idea in the email, or attach a cover you have already had commissioned. Images for the book cover MUST be at least 600 dpi.
The work should NOT have been published anywhere else, but may include single essays published in various magazines, as long as those original publications are indicated.
The work must be your original creation. Choeofpleirn Press will not publish works written by AI, which the U.S. Copyright Office has deemed non-copyrightable.
No entry not accompanied by the required contest fee will be read.
Entry fee: $30 (please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if cost is an issue)
publication of the book as a paperback (available through Amazon, and, we hope, through your local bookstore) and as an ebook (sold through this website's Bookstore webpage),
five copies of the paperback book and one copy of the ebook,
four free ads featuring the winner's book, blog, or website in our annual literary magazines (Coneflower Cafe, Glacial Hills Review, Rushing Thru the Dark, and The Best of Choeofpleirn Press) for one year.
All writers submitting manuscripts and paying the fee for this contest will receive a free copy of the ebook edition of the winning book, a $30 value.
The 2023 judge for the contest is the 2022 winner, Jacquelyn Shah, whose book, Limited Engagement: A Way of Living, won the Kenneth Johnston Nonfiction Book Award. See our Bookstore, if you would like to purchase a copy.
We are committed to advancing more equitable and inclusive literary publishing. We believe creative and thoughtful ideas entrusted to us as books and in our literary magazines can achieve enduring impact when there is a greater diversity and inclusivity of voices collaborating in their creation.