Ends on April 30, 2019

$12.00 USD

CA is thrilled to announce that our annual Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions! Our judge is Esmé Weijun Wang!!!

What are we looking for? We love writing that is personal, necessary, darkly funny, unfunny, candid, unique, upsetting, untold, and writing that is deeply good and deeply you. The winner will receive $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Deadline: April 30, 2019

About the Judge: Esmé Weijun Wang is a novelist and essayist. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias (2019), for which she won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best Novels of 2016 by Electric Literature. She was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017 and won the Whiting Award in 2018. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, she lives in San Francisco, and can be found at esmewang.com and on Twitter @esmewang.


  • 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  • Submissions must be previously unpublished.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 nonfiction piece maximum per entry.
  • A $12USD reading fee must accompany each entry.
  • Finalists will be notified in June 2019.
  • 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.