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 online. Accordingly, Fourth Genre is now sponsoring a multimedia essay prize, with the winner receiving $500 and publication on our website. Kristen Radtke will judge this year’s contest.

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More about Kristen Radtke

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (2017), and the forthcoming books Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (July 2021), for which she received a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, and Terrible Men, a graphic novel, all from Pantheon. She is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, The Guardian, GQ, Vogue, NPR, and many other places.

Find her on Twitter @kristenradtke and on Instagram @keradtke.

Frequently Asked Questions

We read contest submissions each year from January 1st to March 15th. 

Yes, the submission fee is $20, though we offer a discounted submission fee of $10 for students.

You can submit any of the following file types: .doc, .docx, .odt, .pdf, .txt, .pages, .rtf. We also accept file sharing links (ie: Google Drive), video sharing links (ie: unlisted YouTube videos), and audio sharing links (ie: private Soundcloud tracks).

We accept submissions through Duosuma, Duotrope’s new submission manager. Making an account is free.

The winner and finalists will be announced in the late spring on our Facebook, Twitter, and website. 

While there is no set word or time limit for the Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize, please keep in mind that your essay must be short enough to be web-friendly. Typically, web content does not exceed more than a few thousand words. Similarly, video and audio submissions should be relatively brief.

Yes. We are happy to accept multiple submssions for the Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize. We also accept simultaneous submissions, though you must withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

Yes, all submissions will be considered for publication on the Fourth Genre website. 

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