DM Prize Call 2020

The Creative Nonfiction Standing Group of the Conference on College Composition and Communication announces the 2020 Donald Murray Prize for creative nonfiction. The prize is awarded annually to the best work of creative nonfiction on the subject of language, writing, teaching, or the teaching of writing. We seek submissions from current and former post-secondary teachers of writing, including graduate students. 

This prize was first established at CCCC in 2002 in honor of Donald Murray, Pultizer Prize–winning journalist, professor, and author of numerous books and influential articles on writing and the teaching of writing. The prize is sponsored by Cengage Learning.

Entries will be judged by members of the CNF Standing Group, the editors of Writing on the Edge, and a specially selected final judge.

The winner will receive $300 in the form of an AMEX gift card from Cengage Learning and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of Writing on the Edge. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal.

Entries may not have been previously published in any form, electronically or in print, including blog posts.

Length limit: 8,000 words maximum (2500–4500 preferred) Entry fee: None
Deadline: November 1, 2019.

Submissions Guidelines: Please submit entries in PDF or Microsoft Word to the WOE online submissions system at Please enter "Donald Murray Prize Submission" in the space for abstracts.