The Profane Nonfiction Prize 10

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We like essays that express what might normally be suppressed. Essays that ache, that gnaw at the gut, that make us laugh at the things we shouldn't. Essays that self-incriminate. We also like essays that let us in on what's unfamiliar. Maybe that's an essay about the experience of being in a particular time and place. Maybe that's an essay about a particular culture or subculture. We love the feeling of walking away from an essay knowing something we didn't know before. We don't like didactic essays. Essays that express certainty about the world tend to be a bit of a bore. We much prefer essays that take us to the uncertain places, that are skeptical and inquisitive of both the world and the self in turn, that brim with curiosity. We like essays that look outward. Even in deeply personal essays, we're interested not just in an author's self-investigation, but in a sense of how we might carry the results of such an investigation out into the world. In other words, essays should be more than indulgences of narcissism.

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Audience & Country

Open to a broad Audience. United States

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Nonfiction Temp Closed

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Article ArticleUp to 7,500 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Essay EssayUp to 7,500 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 7,500 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Winner's Prize:
We do not list prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
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Last Updated:
19 Nov 2017
Date Added:
29 Mar 2016
Listing may be deactivated on:
19 Dec 2017

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