The Steinberg Essay Prize

The Steinberg Essay Prize is named in honor of Fourth Genre’s founding editor, Michael J. Steinberg. The contest gives us an opportunity to highlight outstanding writers and their work. This year’s contest judge is Laura Julier, a former editor of Fourth Genre.

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

Yes, the contest submission fee is $20. 

The first place winner of the Steinberg Essay Prize will we receive $1000 and publication in the following year’s spring issue.

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 Essay Contest. 

Yes, but you must withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

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