The X.J. Kennedy Award for Nonfiction

17 October 2006

The X.J. Kennedy Award for Nonfiction

4th biennial XJ Kennedy Award for Creative NonFiction sponsored by ROSEBUD magazine

Some key points:

1) This distinguished competition, sanctioned by XJ kennedy has been in existence for eight years. It offers a $1000 prize to the winner and $100 each to four runnerups. All five winners will be published in ROSEBUD MAGAZINE, now 13 years old as an independent, self-supporting nationally distributed literary journal. Previous issues featuring the winners have been widely praised. (Back issues are available at

2) The Competition is sponsored by ROSEBUD, MAGAZINE, published by non-profit 501 (c) (3) ROSEBUD, Inc., a non-profit corp. run mostly by volunteers and a few severely underpaid independent contractors. All competition fees go to Rosebud, Inc. operations in publishing and promoting reading and writing in the U.S., Canada, and beyond. Not one red cent goes into anyone’s pocket.

Mr. Kennedy is one of America’s most admired editors, poets and essayists. He was the judge of the first competition and remains a valued supporter of and advisor to the award. The current contest will be judged by Rosebud editor and VOICE OVER columnist Roderick Clark and by Robert Wake, Editor of Cambridge Book Review Press. As Judge Clark observes: “Paper is flat and the world is round. Telling the truth about the world requires both discipline and imagination. The winner must display both.”



The contest begins now and ends December 31, 2006 (as per entry postmark). The author submitting the best piece of original, unpublished nonfiction will be awarded $1,000, publication of the work in Rosebud, and three copies of the contest issue. Ideal length is 3500 words or less, although longer pieces will be considered. Entries may be any kind of nonfiction, including essays of all kinds, nature and travel writing, and memoir. Each entry should have a cover letter with a brief biography included. There is a $10 entry fee per piece submitted. If you send a $15 fee for at least one piece we will mail the prize-winning issue to you as well. Make checks payable to Rosebud/X.J. Kennedy Award.
Send entries to:

X.J. Kennedy Award
c/o Roderick Clark
N3310 Asje Road
Cambridge, WI 53523

Entries will not be accepted via e-mail.

Questions may be directed to


the required $10 entry fee is omitted.
the required SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) is omitted.
there is insufficient postage or insufficient return postage.
entries are postmarked after the deadline.
Note that email entries are not allowed.

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