read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction.
Submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines will be automatically rejected
without being read.
Lunch Ticket is
honored to host the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. The award was established in Diana’s memory by her family, friends, and the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA community.
We review Diana Woods Memorial Award submissions in February and August.
Diana Woods Memorial Award Submission
- Please submit once per Diana Woods Memorial Award
(DWM) submission period.
All DWM submissions are also considered for our standard Creative Nonfiction
If you have been a winner or finalist for DWM, please wait one year before
- All submissions at Lunch Ticket are read
blind in the first round. Any submissions with identifying information will be returned
- All prose must be double-spaced in 12-pt
Times New Roman font.
- Please include a word count at the top of
your piece – we accept prose up to 5,000 words.
- We do accept simultaneous submissions,
however, if your piece is published elsewhere, please let us know
- We do not accept previously published work.
- We accept multilingual submissions in all genres.
DWM winners receive $250 and
publication in the next issue of Lunch
Ticket. Two finalists will also be published in each issue.
We look forward to sampling your work!
The Diana Woods Memorial (DWM) Award in creative nonfiction is dedicated to upholding the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics, defined as such:
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.
Additionally: friends, family, and associates of the judges are not eligible for consideration for the award.