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Passages North: Ray Ventre Memorial Nonfiction Prize

We encourage creative nonfiction submissions without constraints on content or form. Send your best essays our way: lyric essays, personal essays, memoir, literary journalism, or hybrid work (up to 10,000 words.) The contest fee is $15.00 per essay and submissions will close April 15, 2023.

Judge: Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint

First prize: $1000 and publication in Passages North. One or more honorable mentions may also be selected and published.

All entrants receive a copy of the contest issue. (Students of Northern Michigan University and close friends of the Passages North staff or the contest judge are not eligible.)

About the Journal

Passages North, the annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, has published short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid writing since 1979. Email us at or write to us at Passages North, NMU, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.