Writing Contests

Everything we do at Narratively is built around the belief that every person has a story to tell. We work with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and with first-time writers who have never had an article published in their lives. Our writing contests are all about discovering new voices and elevating diverse, authentic human stories.

Winners of each writing contest receive cash prizes, publication on Nararatively and more. Read on for details of current and recent prizes.

2023 Profile Prize

We’ve all met or heard of someone who is truly exceptional. There’s something about their personality, backstory, profession or passion that tugs at us, as if daring us to learn more.  If you know of a fascinating person or community whose story you’ve always wanted to tell, or even if you want to challenge yourself to go out and find that amazing story from scratch, you’ve come to the right place. From February 14, 2023 through April 14, 2023, Narratively is accepting entries for our 2023 Profile Prize. We’re seeking surprising and awe-inspiring stories about one-of-a-kind people or groups. The winning stories will receive cash prizes, prominent publication on Narratively, and a lot more—including the chance to connect with our incredible lineup of enormously accomplished guest judges. Submit your profile here!



2022 Spring Memoir Prize

Congratulations to Laura Green-Russell for winning our Spring 2022 Memoir Prize! Laura earned US$3,000 for her incredible memoir Murder to Middle School excerpted from what will be a full-length memoir about her upbringing. We’re thrilled to congratulate our finalists as well, whose work was also published on Narratively’s site:

Anna Grundström, “Living with a Skinhead, While Living in My Brown Skin
Mai Serhan, “I Have Never Been to the Place Where I am From, But I Will Imagine It For Us

Stay tuned for details on our 2023 Spring Memoir Prize, coming soon!

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