Elsewhere is pleased to announce that it will soon be reading submissions for the first annual Scott Russell Sander Prize for nonfiction. Sanders will act as the final judge for the contest and write a brief introduction to the winning essay, which we will also be publishing as a limited-edition chapbook. The press and print-run are TBA. In addition, the winning writer will receive an engraved antique compass. The winner will be announced in late fall and will be published in the Winter 2008 issue of Elsewhere. Five finalists will also be published.

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Final Judge: Scott Russell Sanders

Reading Period: April 1, 2008-July 4, 2008
(From April Fools’ Day to Independence Day)

Guidelines: Submit a creative essay of no more than 8,000 words that deals with place in an integral way. Only one submission per writer. Writers who send more than one essay will be disqualified from the contest.

The essay should be attached to an email as a .doc or .rtf file. Judging is anonymous, so all identifying material should be removed. Include two cover pages, the first one with title of the essay and contact information (name, address, email address, and phone number), and the second one with just the title of the essay.

A cover letter is optional, but the body of your email should include your name, contact information, and the title of your essay. The subject line of the email should read “Sanders Prize Submission” followed by a colon and then the title of the essay.

Previously published essays are not accepted. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable provided that Elsewhere is notified immediately if the essay has been accepted by another journal. If a writer withdraws an essay from the contest, he or she may submit another essay if it is before July 1, 2008.

Submissions can be sent to