2012 Writing Contest


We are accepting submissions for the 2012 TIFERET Writing Contest from January 1, 2012 – June 1, 2012.


$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 $20 fee is required for each entry. Entries as 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: http://tiferet.submishmash.com/submit | Specify the genre and pay your appropriate entry fee for each entry. Winners will be announced in Summer 2012.

2012 Judges

Non-Fiction: Lee Martin

Lee Martin is the Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of The Bright Forever and three other novels. He has also published two memoirs, From Our House and Turning Bones, and another memoir, Such a Life, is set to appear in 2012. His first book was the short story collection, The Least You Need To Know. He is the co-editor of Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where he was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Poetry: Frances Richey

Frances Richey’s publications include two poetry collections; The Burning Point and The Warrior. She is the editor of a chapbook of poetry entitled Voices of the Guard, and a former poetry editor for Bellevue Literary Review. She lives and works in New York City.

Fiction: Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot’s most recent books are the poetry collection THE SNOW’S MUSIC (LSU Press, 2008), the memoir THE WINK OF THE ZENITH: THE SHAPING OF A WRITER’S LIFE (U. of Nebraska Press, 2008/2011), and the short story collection CREAM OF KOHLRABI (Tupelo Press). He has won three Pushcart Prizes and his work has been included twice each in The Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, and Best Food Writing anthologies. He lives in Portland, OR.