Cosmographia announces the the inaugural Cosmographia Prize for Spiritual Nonfiction. The winning manuscript will be published by Cosmographia Books, and will receive $500. The deadline for all manuscript submissions is November 15, 2018. Winner will be announced in early 2019. Entry fee: $25 US.
This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English.
We are looking for any of the areas of nonfiction:
-essay collections (all forms including lyrical)
-hybrid (nonfiction, fiction, poetry blends, as long as nonfiction is the driving genre)
Your work can be in book form, or as a collection of essays or short pieces. There is no page limit, as long as the book is more than 30 pages.
When we say "spiritual," we don't want to limit your thinking, but here are some general topics to get your started:
-the occult (tarot, diving etc)
Basically we are looking for memoirs about your spiritual journey, or about how others can develop spiritual gifts, or anything in between.
In terms of authors, think:
- Carolyn Myss
- Martha Beck
- Wayne Dyer
- Anita Moorjani
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- Oriah Mountain Dreamer
- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
- Father Richard Rohr
- Shakti Gawain
- Cheryl Richardson
- Sandra Ingerman
- Louise Hay
- Shauna Niequist
- Byron Katie
- Julia Cameron
- Gary Zukav
and so many more. This list is not meant to limit, only to inspire.
And of course many other topics in the realm of the mystical and spiritually healing. And any approach: teaching, memoir, lyrical essay, and hybrid combinations. Whatever brings forth your truest voice and strongest narrative.
If you aren't sure if your topic fits, please feel free to email Nina Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of some examples of spiritual nonfiction:
Your cover letter with author bio should be pasted in the submittable form. Full manuscript should be uploaded with a brief (no more than 1 page) synopsis attached. Please note that, when submitting online, all materials must be combined into ONE document before uploading.
All awards are decided by Cosmographia staff. The winner will be announced on in our newsletter and on social media, so please be sure to subscribe or follow us to keep up-to-date on results.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We ask only that you contact us asap if you place the manuscript for publication elsewhere.
All submissions will be considered for regular publication by Cosmographia Books in addition to consideration for the Cosmographia Prize for Spiritual Nonfiction .
Cosmographia Books was founded in 2013 by Nina Alvarez. We are all about soulful work from diverse voices. We seek writers whose art, spirit, and ethos is in harmony with our own.
About Founding Publisher Nina Alvarez
Since the time I was 15 I've been sending my own writing out for publication, and I am a published poet, short fiction writer, and playwright, and an award-winning teaching artist. In 2009 I opened my author services company, Dream Your Book. And in 2013 I opened my publishing company Cosmographia.
I believe in the sublime. I love mystics from any walk of life. I am obsessed with the transcendent search for personal meaning and expression. I'm also a Romantic in the sense that I would like to see a resurgence and reinvigorating of Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and the pleasures of literature with the wisdom and spiritual technologies of the time we live in now.
I’m also a pretty hard-core mystic with no interest in or time for art that is all mind with no space for higher self. I suspect, if you found yourself here, you may be the same.
We still need wisdom. In fact, we need it more than ever. We need the prophets and channelers and true artists and healers to step forward. You are large, you contain multitudes.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com