Fresh Eyes and Renewed Perspectives CNF Contest

We are looking for outstanding creative nonfiction pieces 2750 words or less that reflect on seeing something, someone, or a situation with "fresh eyes" or a "renewed perspective". 

  • First place will be awarded $100 and be featured in our Winter Solstice 2022 Collection
  • Second place will be awarded $50 and be featured in our Winter Solstice 2022 Collection
  • Third place will be awarded $25 and be featured in our Winter Solstice 2022 Collection
  • Submissions will be accepted until October 15, 2022 
  • $10.50 submission fee
  • Please use a standard 12-pt font
  • Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere will not be considered
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, each submission requires a separate submission fee. Please withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. 
  • .doc, .docx, .pdf file types are great

Whether you are in the drafting phase, or have a finished piece that you want reviewed by knowledgeable and skilled writers who can offer another perspective to make it even stronger than it is, we are happy to collaborate and work with you. Send us your creative nonfiction pieces under 2,750 words and our amazing reviewers will provide in-depth feedback. 

Big Picture Review ($15) – We will provide comments and suggestions around larger ideas of your story: sections that could be expanded, questions to get you thinking differently about how to engage the reader more effectively, comments around the flow of your story and cohesiveness, and so on. This will include in-text comments where necessary, as well as up to one (1) page of single-spaced written feedback.

Full Review ($30) – We will provide track change line edits, in-text comments, and a 1-2 single-spaced paragraph summary (or up to a page) of our feedback. This feedback costs $30 per reviewer. 

You can let us know if you’d like more than one of our reviewers to provide feedback.

Expedited 5-Day Response ($5) – If you wish, we offer Expedited Responses. A small fee of $5 will grant you a response within 5 days. If you submit within five days prior to a holiday, we will respond after the holiday.


Reviewer feedback generally takes about 2 weeks depending on the length of the piece and the type of review requested.

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