American Jewish University is pleased to announce the opening of submissions for Word 2024: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize. This year, we are seeking outstanding Jewish-themed essays to be considered for this prestigious award.

The Bruce Geller Memorial Prize celebrates exceptional works of nonfiction that delve into Jewish themes, broadly defined. Whether your piece has been previously published between January 1, 2023, and April 1, 2024, or is an unpublished gem, we encourage you to submit. Multiple works totaling between 750 and 7,500 words may also be entered for consideration.

Key Submission Criteria:

  • Word count: between 750 and 7,500 words
  • Language: English
  • Theme: Jewish themes, interpreted expansively

Between one and three winners will be selected to receive a portion of $7,000 allocated for the Word Grant. This is an excellent opportunity for writers to gain recognition for their insightful explorations of Jewish culture, history, and identity.

Submissions are currently open and will close on May 1, 2024. To submit your work, please complete the form provided at the link here

You can view more information about past Word Grants recipients and their exceptional contributions here.

We eagerly anticipate reading your submissions and are excited to discover the remarkable essays that will enrich the conversation surrounding Jewish themes.