The First Annual Chris Pepus Prize

Nov 02, 2016

On June 9, 2015, Chris Pepus took his life. To honor his memory and his work, Razorcake is announcing the first annual Chris Pepus Prize.

The winner will be awarded $350.

This is an open call for submissions, including those from current Razorcake volunteers.

Please visit to get a fuller understanding of the breadth and depth of Pepus’s work. All submissions will be compared to Pepus’s standard of quality.

We are looking for pieces that capture and also push forward Pepus’s spirit of fairness. They also must engage with and confront social class issues. (Or, in Pepus’s words, they must be “against class bigotry.”) Submissions should be well written, non-fiction, and punk applicable. Pieces can be narratives but must be research-based and factual.

We are not looking for research papers.

We are not looking for rants or purely anecdotal articles.

Submissions should be between 3,000-5,000 words.
Only the following attached formats will be accepted: (.doc, .docx, .rtf)

All submissions have to be submitted electronically, here.

All submissions must be open to rigorous editorial feedback and revision prior to publication.

Deadline for all submissions is Dec. 5, 2016. The pieces will be read and evaluated by a team of Razorcake contributors, with the winning submission(s) announced Jan. 21, 2017.

The winning piece will also be published in a future print edition of Razorcake (and later on

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