Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing

Prize: $500 cash prize. Winner will be published in CALYX Journal Vol. 30:3, Summer/Fall 2018. Winner and two finalists will receive a one-volume subscription to CALYX Journal and publication on CALYX’s website.

Dates: July 1 – September 30, 2017, postmarked

Final Judge: Jean Hegland

Please submit up to 10,000 words of unpublished fiction or creative nonfiction. One piece of prose per submission. Simultaneous submissions are discouraged. The CALYX editorial collective reads all manuscripts first, then selects 5-10 finalists to send to the final judge.

For postal submissions:

Please send single submission, cover letter with name and contact information, and $20 reading fee (checks payable to CALYX, Inc.).

                  Send materials to:

                  CALYX, Inc.

                  Margarita Donnelly Prize

                  PO Box B

                  Corvallis, OR 97339

For online submissions:

Please upload one prose piece (10,000 word maximum) in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdx file to our online submission manager.  Reading fee ($20 + $1 paypal processing fee) is payable with Visa or Mastercard through our secure online payment portal. Do not include your name on the submissions—each will be read blind.

This Year’s Judge

Jean Hegland is the author of a book of nonfiction (The Life Within: Celebration of a Pregnancy) and three novels (Still Time; Windfalls; and Into the Forest). Soon after Calyx Books first published Into the Forest in 1996, it was reprinted by Bantam and translated into over a dozen languages. A film adaptation (directed by Patricia Rozema and starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015. The new French translation of Into the Forest has been on the bestselling list in France since its release in January, 2017. Jean lives in northern California, where she is always at work on another book.

About the Contest

Margarita Donnelly was one of the four founders of CALYX, as well as its director, editor, manager, energy, and soul. Her incredible spirit and passion kept the journal running for nearly four decades. Now in its third year, the first contest in her honor highlights the love, talent, and skill she brought to the arts, especially in the world of prose.