NJALL is holding its ninth annual adult learner writing contest. This year we will award cash prizes in five categories - fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and photography. All of the winners and selected other submissions will be published in a free magazine that will be available from our website in the summer of 2023. Selected winners will be invited to read their work during the NJALL Conference in May 2023. Winners will receive printed copies of the magazine, award certificates and prize checks.
Fiction Non-fiction Memoir Poetry Photography
1st Place - $100 2nd Place - $50 3rd Place - $25
* Eligibility: Adult learners in - adult literacy programs, adult high schools or HS equivilency programs, developmental education programs, English language classes and citizenship classes. If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Learners can submit one piece per category, except for poetry. Learners can submit up to five poems for consideration. Learners can send in submissions for multiple categories.
* All submissions must be original and represent the work of the learner - not the work of their teacher or tutor. Teachers/tutors may help with spelling and grammar, but it should be limited in nature. We are using the honor system with regards to this.
* English language learners can get help with translation, but the work should remain their own.
Submissions need to be received by March 17, 2023 at email@example.com
The email should identify the category of the submission.
Submissions should include the learner's name and contact information and the name of the program or school they attend. The submission should also include a two or three sentence self-description of the learner. If the learner wishes to remain anonymous or use a pen-name, this information should be provided when the work is submitted. By entering the contest, the learner agrees to have their piece published in the magazine if it is selected.
All those submitting work will be notified of the decisions by April 14, 2023.
You can download a copy of the call for submissions and guidelines here.
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting as a Reviewer
If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please send an email to email@example.com
We are particularly interested in having learners serve on the review committee.