Fall Contest

We are now taking submissions for our Fall 2022 Contest Edition.
You can read last year’s contest winners’ stories and poetry in the Winter 2021edition of Etched Onyx Magazine or hear their works and interviews on the Story Discovery Podcast.

Fall Edition Contest – 2022

  • First Prize $500
  • Second Prize $250
  • Third Prize $100
  • 3 Honorable Mentions $50 each

The Fall Edition Contest is an open, mixed-category contest. In other words, we have no limitations or expectations on which types of works will win awards. Selections are based on originality, voice, and style. Last years contest had 4 prose winners and 2 poetry winners. 

The contest closes on August 28th at midnight, central time.

The contest submission fee is $12.50.

Please note we prefer to pay winners via PayPal, however, in some cases we can also pay with an old-fashioned check.

We’re please to be Recommended by Reedsy as a Best Writing Contest of 2022! Please check out their other recommended contests and consider submitting to Reedsy as well!


Onyx Publications staff will provide the initial screening with final selections by our two esteemed guest judges.

Katie McDougall

Katie McDougall

Guest Judge - Fall 2022

Katie McDougall co-founder and co-director of The Porch, a Nashville literary arts nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, educate, and connect writers of all ages and stages through classes and literary events. The largest literary arts organization of its type in the Southeast, The Porch has become a vibrant thread both in Nashville’s creative culture and in the national literary landscape. Prior to cofounding The Porch, Katie spent fifteen years as a high school English teacher in Colorado, Nashville, and The Bahamas. Katie holds an MFA from Colorado State University, and has published short stories and essays in Chapter16, Barcelona Review, Storyglossia, and others. More on Katie at her website.

A.M. Ringwalt

A.M. Ringwalt

Guest Judge - Fall 2022

AM Ringwalt is a multimodal writer and musician. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame, where she received the 2019 Sparks Prize. The Wheel, her hybrid memoir, was published by Spuyten Duyvil. What Floods, her book-length poem, is forthcoming from Inside the Castle. As the artist Anne Malin, she has performed at the Watermill Center, the New Yorker Festival, the YoungArts Foundation and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her fourth album, Summer Angel, is out now via Dear Life Records.

Learn more how to submit your work on our Submissions Page