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Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction

$1,333 Prize
Submissions Open June 1 - November 1

The Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction recognizes outstanding works of nonfiction. We are looking for creative nonfiction, e.g. personal essays or narratives, not scholarly papers or book reviews. All works should be stand-alone essays, not chapters of a longer work.


Our editors read all nonfiction submissions of up to 5,000 words. Reed 153 is an open-themed issue. Multiple submissions are accepted.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page

  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font

  • include word count

  • number pages

  • provide a brief bio

  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

Prize submissions require a reading fee of $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine.

2019 Judge

Suzanne Rico is an established television and print journalist who was part of the Emmy-winning team at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. She has interviewed such influential figures as Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her work has been featured in O, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. 

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