2018 Writing Contest

We will be accepting submissions for the 2018 TIFERET Writing Contest from March 1, 2018 – June 15, 2018.

$1,500 will be awarded in prizes

  • $500 for the best poetry submission
  • $500 for the best short story (fiction)
  • $500 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.

Specify the genre and pay your appropriate entry fee for each entry. Winners will be announced Fall of 2018. Only the winning entries will be published in a subsequent issue of TIFERET.



Sabeeha Rehman is the author of the memoir, listed as Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books 2016, by Booklist, Threading My Prayer Rug. One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, published in July 2016; Excerpts of the book were featured in the Wall Street Journal, Salon.com, and Tiferet. She is also a contributor to the Houses of Worship column of the Wall Street Journal and biogs on topics related to Pakistani immigrant & American Muslim experience at: www.sabeeharehman.com/blog


Melissa Studdard’s books include the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her writings have appeared in a wide range of publications, such as The Guardian, Poets & Writers, Southern Humanities Review, Harvard Review, and Psychology Today. She is the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews. Learn more at www.melissastuddard.com


Sophfronia Scott was a writer and editor at Time and People before publishing her first novel, All I Need to Get By (St. Martin’s Press). Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love (William Morrow). She’s also the author of an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, from Ohio State University Press’s Mad Creek Books and a memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, from Paraclete Press. Sophfronia teaches at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction.