Religious Essay

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs Religious Essay Prize

1st Prize: $100…. 2nd Prize: $50…. Third Prize:…. $25

Category Details

We want to hear from everyone: Jews, Hindus, Wiccans, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, atheists, and more. We want the voices of preachers and parishioners, rabbis and rabble-rousers: we want every glittering piece of the glorious kaleidoscope that is the experience of religion. In short, we want to hear from you. Our rules are simple: No preaching, no proselytizing, no explaining why your religion is right and everyone else’s is wrong. Yes to thoughtful writing about any of the following: religion in everyday life; approachable explications of religious texts; stories that fill in the gaps in Biblical and other religious narratives. Up to 3,000 words, double-spaced.

About Judge/Sponsor

TILIA KLEBENOV JACOBS (Framingham, MA) holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a BA in Religion and English from Oberlin College. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Jewish Magazine as well as the anthologies Phoenix Rising and The Chalk Circle. Her first novel, Wrong Place, Wrong Time, was an Amazon bestseller, peaking at #46 in the Kindle store, and won the Beverly Hills Book award for Best Thriller. Her second book, Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café, received honorable mention in the London Book Festival. Tilia has taught middle school, high school, and college; at present she teachers writing classes for prison inmates. She is also a reviewer for Tilia lives near Boston with her husband, two children, and a pleasantly neurotic standard poodle.

Last Year’s Winners (2018)

First Prize: Shizue Seigel of San Francisco for “Acidheads Lost and Found: Madras to Bangalore, India 1970”

Second Prize: Elaine Thomas of Wilmington, NC for “Conversations with Intimate Strangers”

Honorable Mention: Caroline Wang of Piedmont, CA for “Dharma Dinner”