September 2023 Monthly Contest Call for Submissions

We are open to submissions of Creative Nonfiction with the theme of Be Brave. Writers are invited to interpret that as loosely or closely as they wish. Deadline to submit prose is September 30, 2023 with a 1500 word limit.

Natalie Kimbell, writer and board member, will judge this month’s submissions. Winner will be announced in October.

This contest is available to members only. Once logged into your account, the submission form is under the “Members” tab on our homepage. If you need help logging in, please contact

Our Monthly Contests open on the 1st of each month and close on the last day, with one winner and one runner-up announced the following month. Winners receive $25, and winners and runners-up receive publication in The Pulse and our anthology, and one free copy, available in 2024. Monthly Contests are available to current members of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild only, and are free to enter. To become a member, click HERE

The Monthly Contests rotate through a pattern of Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction throughout the year, with a new theme each month. Go to the 2023 Monthly Contest Series Info page to view the genre and theme for each month.

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