LUMINA Volume XIII Contest Judge Announced!

CherylStrayedLumina XIII is excited to announce Cheryl Strayed as the judge of our 2013 nonfiction writing contest!

Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Strayed’s writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, The Missouri Review, The Sun, The Rumpus–where she has written the popular “Dear Sugar” column since 2010–and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages around the world.


  • Deadline: October 15, 2013
  • Submission Fee: $12
  • Include a 100 word bio (max) at the bottom of your cover letter.
  • Writers may submit one piece up to 5,000 words.
  • Double space and number pages.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission.
  • Previously published works will not be considered.
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

First Place: $500, publication in LUMINA Vol. XIII
Second Place: $250, considered for publication in LUMINA Vol. XIII
Third Place: $100, considered for publication in LUMINA Vol. XIII

Submit to our Nonfiction Contest through our online submission manager.

Read more about LUMINA Nonfiction Editor, Geoff Bendeck’s, thoughts on good nonfiction: What we’re looking for, V.XIII