The winners in each category will receive cash prizes of $500 and have their winning works published in the spring print edition of the journal. Find full details and submit online.
Columbia Journal was founded in 1977 and, in the years since, has published work from Nobel laureates and lesser-known writers, National Book-award winners and newcomers. Our archives include everyone from Raymond Carver to Lorrie Moore to Louise Gluck to Philip Gourevitch to Noam Chomsky to Etgar Keret. Recent issues have featured Lydia Davis, Deb Olin Unferth, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Richard Ford, and Michael Ondaatje, as well as Amy Bloom and Philip Lopate. This years judges include Roxana Gay, Eula Biss, and Mary Ruefle.