Exploring the art of prose


CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award

The CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award for unpublished creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words is open to entries every November and December and awarded the following May. Three winners are selected by a guest judge, with $3,000 and publication awarded. Two pieces are also selected by CRAFT editors in the editors' choice round.


2020: Joy Castro

Catalogue for a Coming of Age by Liz Harmer

By Liz Harmer | June 30, 2021

  000 Generalities In 1999, I worked two jobs and had just gotten out of the hospital. A few afternoons a week and on Saturdays I shelved books at a small branch of the public library, as I had been…

What You Don’t Know by Clare Fielder

By Clare Fielder | June 23, 2021

  I started boxing because of writing. I was working on a novel about young queer women being angry and boxing their way out of their small town. I needed terminology, so I went to a boxing training class. I…

The Ties that Bind by Tammy Delatorre

By Tammy Delatorre | June 16, 2021

  On the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Honokaa is the town tourists drive through to get to Waipi‘o Valley. At the top of the valley is a scenic overlook, which provides an unobstructed view to the black sand beach, river,…

Face, Velvet, Church, Daisy, Red by Marilyn Hope

By Marilyn Hope | June 10, 2021

  A woman in a spruce-blue tracksuit enters my bedroom with a pickax and chips a hole in my wall. She collects smooth, fist-sized rubies from between the studs and places them in a music box, ribboned with dark grain,…

The Untimely Collaborators by Sara Davis

By Sara Davis | June 9, 2021

  There are mornings we just manage it. We rise in the weak gray light and take our coffee with our notebooks open. A sliver of meditative silence. Are you writing about me? you ask. No, I lie. Are you…