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Final Week to Enter Writing and Photography Contests


By Maia Williams

The third annual Crossroads Flash Writing Contest is open to all writers of short form poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The Crossroads “Focus on the Story” Photo Contest is open to anyone who has taken a photograph that “tells a story.” Anyone residing anywhere in the world may submit original work to this competition.

The winner in each category, including photography, will be awarded US$100. The winning entry and the judge’s citation will be published in the 2020 print and online editions of Crossroads, San Miguel’s annual arts and culture magazine. The edition will be published in December in advance of the 2020 San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival.


Writing Judges:

Poetry: Maggie Smith (Good Bones)

Fiction: Madeleine Thien (Do Not Say We Have Nothing)

Nonfiction: Amy Butcher (Visiting Hours).


The Focus on the Story Photo Contest is new this year. Were calling for photographs that tell a visually compelling story in a single image. Anyone may submit original work in color or black and white.

Photography Judge:

Janet Jarman, celebrated international photographer and filmmaker (Birth Wars, 2019).


Last year’s writing contest winners:

Catherine Marenghi, poetry: “A Letter to My Son in Brooklyn,” Jennifer Clement, judge

William Dunlap, flash fiction: “The Manly Art of Recycling,” Sandra Gulland, judge Pam Walters, flash nonfiction: “Target Practice,” Kelly Sundberg, judge.


You may read the winning entries and citations and writing by each judge online at, pages 24–37.

All entries must be received by midnight on Friday, August 30, 2019. For each US$20 entry fee, you may submit up to two poems, one fiction or nonfiction piece (750 words max), and up to three photos via our online submission manager. Winners from the previous year are ineligible to compete in the same category. Please see website for complete entry guidelines:

2019 winners will be announced in December.

Flash Writing Contest and New Photography Contest

Sponsored by San Miguel’s Arts and Culture Magazine

Crossroads: La Vida Creativa en San Miguel de Allende


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