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Fourth Genre Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize

The Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize is named in honor of Fourth Genre's founding editor, Michael J. Steinberg, The contest gives us an opportunity to highlight outstanding writers and their work. The first place winner of the contest will receive $1000 and publication in the following year's spring issue. The winner and finalists will also be announced on our Facebook page, Twitter, and website. This year's contest judge is Mary Cappello , the author of five books, including Lecture (2020) from Transit Books.

Fourth Genre Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize 2021

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Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions for the Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize are accepted from January 1st - March 15th only
  • Please include an approximate word count. No need to include a bio.
  • Please be sure your name does not appear on the manuscript, either on the front page or in the headers or footers.
  • 6,000 word limit for contest submissions
  • We accept multiple and simultaneous submissions, but you must withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
Images and Derivative Materials
  • Although we love graphic and visual elements in essays, we cannot print the inside pages in color. Any image in your essay must be effective in gray scale.
  • All images must be minimum 300 dpi at planned publication size.
  • It is the author/researcher’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and/or other use restrictions prior to submitting materials to MSU Press for publication.
  • Citations, permissions, and captions are required upon submission for all images, including those derived from the internet.
  • MSU Press cannot publish such materials until written clearance is obtained.

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