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 to sponsor The Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize. The contest gives us an opportunity to highlight outstanding writers and their work. The first place winner will receive $1000 and publication in the next year’s spring issue. Finalists and the first-place winner will be announced on Fourth Genre’s Facebook, Twitter, and website. This year’s contest judge is Xu Xi. 

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More about Xu Xi

Xu Xi 許素細 is the author of fourteen books of fiction & essays, most recently This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being (Nebraska, American Lives series 2019), Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories (Signal 8 Press), a memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City (Penguin, July 2017) and her fifth novel, That Man In Our Lives (C & R Press, 2016). She has been a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize, an O. Henry short story prize winner and a New York State Arts Foundation fiction fellow. She is also faculty co-director of the international MFA program in creative nonfiction and literary translation at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and co-founder of Authors at Large.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, the contest submission fee is $20.

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

Yes, all submissions are considered for publication. Essays that are not finalists may still be published in Fourth Genre.

Yes, please keep contest submissions under 6,000 words. 

Yes. Unlike our general reading period, we do accept multiple submissions for the Steinberg Memorial Essay Prize. We also accept simultaneous submissions, though you must withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. 

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