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2024 Spring Writing Contest Closed! 

First prize: $10,000
Second prize: $5,000
Third prize: $1,050

Open to the general public. Each submission will receive important literary feedback from our distinguished judges.


Honorable mentions will be awarded stipends and considered for representation by literary agencies in San Francisco and New York. 

Winners & Finalists will also receive:

  • Their name & the title of their work broadcast to over 21,000 Lichfield subscribers.

  • A copy of two Lichfield Press books:

    • How to Build Your Creative Career.

    • Master the Art of Novel Writing.

Submission Deadline: June 23rd (closed)


See Last Years Winners!



Max. 5000 words or fewer


Max. 2000 words or fewer


Max. 500 words or fewer


We accept all categories and genres. Essays should cover general topics (culture, society, art, politics, education) without delving into technical or specialized subjects.


Entries must be unpublished at the time of submission (self-publishing is ok). There are no formatting restrictions. All submissions are read blindly. Entrants retain all rights to their submissions. 


Entry fee for each submission is $15. We welcome multiple submissions ($15 per submission) and entrants from outside the United States.


We will email contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active email address.

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