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CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award 2020

2020 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award

Judged by Joy Castro


Thank you to all writers who sent creative nonfiction to our inaugural CNF award! We are delighted to publish the winning entries in June, 2021.


Our plan:

Our goal is to contact all writers by March 31, 2021 at the latest.

We want to give your work back to you as quickly as possible if it is not advancing; by the middle of January, we will start to release pieces. We hope to have a longlist decided by late March. We hope to have a shortlist of finalists to Joy Castro by early April, with decisions made and winners announced by early May. The winning pieces will publish in June. All work will also be considered for publication in CRAFT.

Entrants whose pieces are advancing will be contacted at each stage.


Photo credit: Shae Sackman

Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of the memoir The Truth Book, two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans: Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the short fiction collection How Winter Began. Her work has appeared in venues including Ploughshares, Senses of Cinema, Brevity, Fourth Genre, North American Review, SalonAfro-Hispanic ReviewGulf Coast, and the New York Times Magazine. Winner of the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, an alternate for the Berlin Prize, editor of the anthology Family Trouble, and a former Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University, she’s the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latinx studies.


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