The Guild Literary Complex is proud to announce an open submission period for our Annual Prose Awards. Every fall, the Guild Complex acknowledges emerging and established writers via a judged competition and recognition event at the historic Chopin Theatre in Chicago. A cash prize of $250 in each category (fiction and non-fiction) will be awarded. This year’s guest judges are Cristina Henríquez (fiction) and Miles Harvey (non-fiction). The deadline to submit is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Three semi-finalists from each category will read their work at our annual Prose Awards event, and the winners will be announced live that evening. The recognition event will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 7:30 pm, Chopin Theater, 1543 West Division Street, Chicago IL.

Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels are invited to submit, and all themes and subjects are welcome. Illinois residents 18 years old and older should submit a single piece of short fiction or non-fiction of no more than a 1,000 words typed, to There is a $5 submission fee payable via the pay pal donation button on this page. Submission fee also includes admission to the live event. All applications must be completed by 5 pm on October 1, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Click here for a full list of contest rules and to find our more about this year’s judges.

Prose Contest 2013 (digital final)