We’re excited to announce the 2021 Gradient Prize! TLDR: Submit full, finished pieces between June 1 and September 1, 2021 for a chance to win a total of $1000 in prizes — we can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Unlike our typical editorial process, for the Gradient Prize, we are expecting full, finished pieces, and will be judging them largely as-is.
The remainder of these should be considered rough, flexible guidelines for pieces that have been successful in the past. If you write something truly brilliant that contradicts these, please still feel free to submit!
If you are still interested in going through the regular, multi-draft full editorial process during this period of time, you are by all means welcome to do so! However, any piece that goes through the standard editorial process is ineligible for the prize. That being said, all prize submissions will also be considered for publication (even if you don’t win the prize), potentially with additional editorial support after the conclusion of the contest.