Ends on June 30, 2018

$15.00 USD, $12.00 USD

CA is thrilled to announce that our annual Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions! Our judge is (deep breath)... Ocean Vuong!

What are we looking for? We love writing that is personal, necessary, darkly funny, unfunny, candid, unique, upsetting, untold, includes in-depth research into who bit Beyoncé, and writing that is deeply good and deeply you.

The winner will receive $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

About the Judge: Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). Vuong is the author of the poetry collections Night Sky With Exit Wounds(2016), winner of the 2018 T.S. Eliot Prize, and the chapbooks No (2013) and Burnings (2010), which was an Over the Rainbow selection by the American Library Association. His work has been translated into Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese. His honors include fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Poets House, Kundiman, and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts as well as an Academy of American Poets Prize, an American Poetry Review Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets, a Pushcart Prize, and a Beloit Poetry Journal Chad Walsh Poetry Prize. In 2014, Vuong was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He received a Whiting Award in 2016. He is the former managing editor of Thrush Press and currently lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, where he is on faculty in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


  • Maximum 20 double-spaced pages.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • We accept (and encourage) entries from all ages and countries
  • All entries should be in a standard typeface and 12pt font, unless the style demands otherwise
  • One non-fiction piece maximum per entry.
  • A $12USD reading fee must accompany each entry.
  • Longlisted pieces will be notified in August 2018.
  • Multiple entries are permissible, as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge will read manuscripts blind.

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