There’s nothing common about common ravens. They play tricks and outsmart humans. They hide in plain sight, inventing new escape routes. From Poe to Norse mythology, the raven has ignited the imagination. It is in this spirit of wily agility, magic within the mundane, and killer insight that Franklin Pierce University hosts the inaugural Northern New England Review Raven Prize in Creative Nonfiction, celebrating true stories imaginatively told. Judge: TBA. The first-place author will receive a $500 award for one outstanding original work of creative nonfiction. The wining story will be published in Northern New England Review Issue 40: Almanac.
Contest Submission Guidelines:
1. Submission deadline: January 1, 2020.
2. We will only consider work previously unpublished in print or online.
3. There is no fee for contest submission.
4. Simultaneous submissions are also accepted; however, we must be notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
5. Writers currently residing in the United States are eligible. Writers should have a meaningful connection to Maine, Vermont, or New Hamphshire.
6. Submissions will be accepted via Submittable only.
7. We will accept work up to 2,500 words (maximum).
8. All submissions should use a 12 pt font and standard typeface (not Comic Sans or Impact, etc.).
9. In the cover letter please include your 60-word approx bio and your association to Northern New England. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the actual entry file.
10. The work should honor the spirit of the raven in that it is a true story that is surprisingly and imaginatively told.
11. You may only enter one work per reading period.
12. All entrants will be notified by the end of March 2020.