The Fountain Essay Contest 2019/ How to Apply (Prizes: $2100)

The Fountain magazine has called for submissions for its 2019 essay contest. The contest, which is worth $2100 in cash prizes, is for an essay on the theme of “Facing Challenges”. According to their site:

“We want to hear about your challenges and how you mentally, physically, and/or spiritually prepare for them.”

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020.

Who is Eligible to Apply:

  • The contest is open to anyone from anywhere in the world who wants to share a story.
  • There is no entry fee.

How to Apply:

  • Submit an essay on “Facing Challenges”.
  • The essay should be between 1500—2500 words.
  • Standard formatting: Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • There deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020.
  • Winners will be announced by May 31.
  • Submit your essay here.


  • 1st Place: $1500.
  • 2nd Place: $500.
  • 3rd Place: $300.
  • Two honorable mentions: $150 each.

Good luck.




Ernest Ogunyemi

Ernest O. Ogunyemi enjoys playing with words to express what he feels within, or wants to feel. His stories have appeared in magazines and blogs such as Tuck Magazine, Naija Stories, Poetry Soup and his poetry is forthcoming in Acumen91 (out in May) and African Writing. Currently, he is working on a short story collection: Weaving Fine Rhythms from Broken Tunes.

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