Thursday, April 1, 2021
The entry fee is $25 per manuscript. Entry fees include two one-year subscriptions to The Tusculum Review (an annual publication) and consideration for publication.
The winning co-authors will share a prize of $1,000 and publication in The Tusculum Review.
We seek collaborative works between oft-published and newer writers or artists. We are also interested in the joint projects of professional equals. The possibilities interest us; we see writing as a team sport and reject the image of writers as isolated masterminds.
We can imagine this any number of ways: a story written jointly; call-and-answer poems; a graphic sequence written by one, drawn by another; a series of edited correspondence between student and teacher; two responses to a shared read; a play written in a workshop setting; a two-voiced travel essay. Black and white drawings and paintings (no photography) may be a component of the work you submit together (provided one of you owns the copyright).
Each manuscript should consist of a single work of between 8 and 26 double-spaced pages in a standard 12-point font. Any images should be integrated into the document. No component of the submission may have been previously published nor be forthcoming.
Please submit a cover letter with your entry. The cover letter should include the title of your entry, your names, postal address, phone number, and email address. Please do NOT include your names or any other identifying information on any page of the essay manuscript.
Editors of The Tusculum Review and final judges Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods will determine the winner of the 2021 prize. Family, friends, and previous students of the final judges as well as the Tusculum Review editors are disqualified from the contest, as are those with reciprocal professional relationships.
Manuscripts will be numbered, and all names and identifying information will not be visible to the judges. If judges do not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, The Tusculum Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or cancel the award.
Prize judges Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods are the co-authors of I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad I Got a Monster | Baynard Woods | Macmillan. Between them, they have written for the Baltimore City Paper, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice, and Oxford American Magazine. The two journalists discuss their collaborative process on this episode of the Longform podcast: https://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-407-baynard-woods-and-brandon-soderberg
Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable.com.