We are accepting submissions for the 2013 TIFERET Writing Contest from January 1, 2013 – June 1, 2013.


$1,200 will be awarded in prizes

  • $400 for the best poetry submission
  • $400 for the best short story (fiction)
  • $400 for the best essay or interview (non-fiction)

One prize winner and two honorable mentions will be awarded in each category.

Please read our normal submission guidelines for help in determining what kind of writing we seek.


A $15 fee is required for each entry. Entries are defined as follows:

  • Poetry: You may submit up to six poems. (Poems should be submitted in one document with each poem on a separate page and each page/poem titled.)
  • Fiction: You may submit a story up to 20 pages.
  • Essay/Interview: You may submit an essay or an interview up to 20 pages.

All submissions must be made electronically.

Submit and enter here: https://tiferet.submittable.com/submit

Specify the genre and pay your appropriate entry fee for each entry. Winners will be announced Fall of 2013.

2013 Judges

Non-Fiction: Dawn Raffel

Dawn Raffel

Dawn Raffel’s illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects, was published in June and was on Oprah’s Summer Reading List for 2012. She is also the author for two story collections and a novel. Her stories have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, Fence, Open City, The Mississippi Review Prize Anthology,  and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She was a fiction editor for many years and also Executive Articles Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine and three years as Editor-at-Large at More magazine; she has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University and at the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania. She is now Editor at Large, Books at Readers Digest, and the editor of The Literarian, the magazine for the Center for Fiction in New York.


Poetry: J. P. Dancing Bear

J. P. Dancing Bear is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press.  Bear also hosts the weekly hour-long poetry show, Out of Our Minds, on public station, KKUP and available as podcasts.  His latest books of poetry are Family of Marsupial Centaurs and other birthday poems (Iris Press, 2012) and The Abandoned Eye (FutureCycle Press, 2012). His thirteenth collection of poetry, Fish Singing Foxes will be released by SalmonPoetry in 2013.


Fiction: Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You, which was on the Best Books of 2011 lists from the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine and Kirkus reviews, as well as being a Costco Pennie’s Pick and a San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick. Her tenth novel Is This Tomorrow will be published by Algonquin Books in May 2013. A book critic for People, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Boston Globe, Caroline also teaches writing at UCLA and Stanford online. A New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow and a Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist, she lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and son. She can be reached at www.carolineleavitt.com.