Explorations in Nonfiction

Two Prizes Are Better Than One

For the first time ever, Fourth Genre is hosting not one, but two contests in the spring. In addition to the Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize, we’re accepting submissions for our first-ever multimedia essay prize. Submit to one or submit to both. We’re excited to see what you’ve got.

The Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize

The Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize In honor of Fourth Genre’s founding editor, Michael J. Steinberg. At Fourth Genre, we value great writing. That’s why we’re proud

2020 Steinberg Winners

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Michael Steinberg Memorial Essay Contest We’re happy to announce the winners and finalists of the 2020 Fourth Genre Michael


Submission Types General Submission Period We welcome a variety of works ranging from personal essays and memoirs to literary journalism and personal criticism. Submissions accepted

Multimedia Essay Prize

Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize The first annual Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize We’re excited to begin showcasing more work and more varieties of work

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