“Fresh Eyes” Contest and Ongoing Open Review and Feedback for Creative Nonfiction

Hello COALESCE Community friends! We are happy to be announcing two exciting opportunities for creative nonfiction writers. Behold, the bag of goodies!


“Fresh Eyes and Renewed Perspectives” Creative Nonfiction 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

More information on contest guidelines, timeline, and awards, and submission instructions are on our Submittable page.


Ongoing Open Review and Feedback Services

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. 

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. 

More information about the review process, length of time, and submission instructions can be found on our Submittable page.


Receiving Submissions for Fall Equinox 2022 Collection

And if you haven’t seen already, we are accepting submissions for our Fall collection until September 1st. First 75 submissions are free. Submissions after the first 75 are a $2 submission and reading fee. We are almost at our cap of 75 for free submission, and we would love to read your piece, so send them our way! Submit at Submittable

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