Our Winter 2020 Writing Contest is now OPEN.

In the spirit of our forthcoming Food Issue, the theme for this contest is Taste. We will accept entries of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or other written work on this theme—whatever that means to you. 

The winning entry will receive $100 and will be published in the Headway Food Issue, coming Spring 2020. Three runners up will also be published in the Food Issue and will receive a small gift. The winner and runners up will be expected to provide Process Materials to be published alongside their work. Read more about Process Materials and the the Headway philosophy in our submission guidelines.

Entries will be accepted via email only. 

  • Email your entry as a Word or text-editable PDF document to the editorial team at editors@headwaylit.org. 

  • Use the following format when naming the file: [Last Name], [First Name].

  • Please include "writing contest" in the subject line of your email... 

  • ...and let us know where you heard about the contest in the body.

Please limit each submission to 3,000 words or fewer. Work that has appeared on a personal blog will be eligible. Limit one entry per person. If there are multiple components to an entry—several poems, say, or a series of vignettes—we will assume that they are meant to be published as a whole and will judge them on that basis.

Submissions will close Friday, March 6 at 11:59pm.


Summer 2019: 350 words on color

Winner: Jennifer Moore

Runners Up: Jennifer Lang, Liu Daohang, Sarah Peploe

Winter 2018mutants and mutation

Winner: Cecilia Kennedy

Runners Up: Anita Goveas​Jen KaretnickYvonne

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