“Nature is not a place to visit: it is home.” –Gary Snyder

From September 1 to September 30, writers are invited to submit to the Northwest Review Fiction Contest.

Stories may be as short as 1,000 words and as long as 30,000 words; we will consider novellas and novel excerpts that work as self-contained stories. Entries must be written in English. Speculative or sci-fi totally fine!

Northwest Review fiction team readers will review all submissions and select 10 finalists; finalists will be named on October 15. The winning story will be named on October 30 and will receive a prize of $2500 and publication in an upcoming issue of Northwest Review.

All stories will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submission are accepted. Contest is open to writers age 18+ all over the world. All entries will be read blindly (please remove any identifying text on your manuscript such as your name or email). Contest will have a $15 entry fee.

Story contest submissions should explore and wrestle with any combination of the following issues:

•climate crisis

•deforestation & impact of forest fires

•marine and ocean pollution & coastal erosion

•influence of capitalism on the environment

•influence of human society on animal dehabitation

•any other topics fiction may explore to change someone’s mind about how they treat the Earth

Contest will be judged by Emily Nemens, former editor in chief of The Paris Review and former editor of The Southern Review.

Good luck and thank you for submitting!

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