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Final Weeks to Enter Annual Writing and Photography Contests


By Maia Williams

The third annual Crossroads Flash Writing Contest is open to all writers of short form poetry, flash fiction, and nonfiction. The inaugural 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 and their 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 international San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival.

Writing Judges:

Poetry: Maggie Smith (Good Bones, PRI’s official poem of 2016)

Fiction: Madeleine Thien (Do Not Say We Have Nothing, 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Nonfiction: Amy Butcher (Visiting Hours, “Best American Essays” 2015 notable essay).

The “Focus on the Story” Photo Contest is new this year. We’re 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 photojournalist and filmmaker (Birth Wars, 2019 MacArthur Foundation grantee).

You may read last year’s winning entries, judge citations, and the work of each award-winning judge online at, pages 24-37:

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.


All entries must be received by midnight on September 30, 2019. For each US$20 entry fee, you may submit one or 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.

For complete entry guidelines, visit:

2019 contest winners will be announced in December.


Third Annual

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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