9th Annual Steinberg Essay Prize

Fourth Genre will seek the best creative nonfiction essay for its 9th annual Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize. Authors of previously unpublished manuscripts are encouraged to enter.

The winning author receives $1,000 and the winning entry will be published in an upcoming issue of Fourth Genre. Runner-up entry will be considered for publication.

Submission Guidelines


Reading fee: $20 per entry 

Make checks payable to Michigan State University Press

Multiple submissions accepted ($20 entry for each)

Include 1-page cover letter: name, address, phone number, email address, title of piece, approximate word count

Author’s name and/or contact info should appear nowhere in the text.

6,000 wd limit

Winners will be announced at www.msupress.msu.edu/journals/fg

Send submissions to:

Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize

434 Farm Lane, Rm 235

Dept. of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824-1033

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