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Writing Contests

New Square Literary Magazine is excited to announce two new fall contests:

The New Square New Writers Prize and The Da Chen Memorial Prize for nature writing.


Both are prose contests ( essay, fiction, or creative nonfiction) and both must be 2,000 words or less, as we are committed to reading every word, just as we do with all of our submissions. All submissions are due by Nov 1, and can be submitted to, with the name of the contest in the subject line. Staff at the Sancho Panza Literary Society are not eligible. See below for the details of each contest:

The New Square New Writer’s Prize

The new writer’s prize is open to all writers 21 years of age or younger-open subject. There is no reading fee. Winners will be published in the fall issue of New Square, receive a $100 prize, and of course, the title. Runners up will be featured on our website. I will serve as judge for this contest, alongside some amazing Sancho Panza Literary Society Staffers and Trinity College Dublin Residency alums- Tom Keith, Elizabeth Boudreau, and Harry Lowther. 

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The Da Chen Memorial Prize for Nature Writing

Da was an incredible nature writer, and articulated our place within it better than anyone I’ve ever known. He was a dear friend and mentor of mine, and an huge supporter of The Sancho Panza Literary Society. With permission from his widow, we are honored to name this prize in his memory. All forms of prose nature writing are acceptable ( pastoral, elegy, commentary, man v nature, etc, etc). There is a $10 reading fee, as the winner will receive a $500 prize. Payment can be sent via PayPal to The winner will also be published in our fall issue, and the runners up will be featured on our website. Most importantly, the winner will be the first recipient of this very prestigious title. The immensely talented Stephanie Pushaw ( New Square nonfiction editor, TCD Residency alum, and remarkable nature writer, among dozens of other credentials) was will serve as judge, alongside phenomenally talented Sancho Panza Literary Society Staffers and TCD residency alums Sandee Gertz, Chris Flakus, and Amber Smith. 

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