The Big Brick Review

2020 Essay Contest (canceled)

Given the significant global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Essay Contest has been canceled.

Please check back with us in 2021, when we hope to be back strong and steady.

In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, and write!


2020 JUDGES:

Susan Bono is a writing teacher and freelance editor who published Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative in print and online at from 1995-2014. Her work has appeared in anthologies, magazines, newspapers, on stage and radio. Her collected essays, What Have We Here: Essays about Keeping House and Finding Home, is now available. For more, visit

Gregory Gerard's work has been recognized by Tiny Lights, Johnathan,and Geva Theater. He teaches writing part-time at Writers & Books, Rochester’s contemporary literary center, and has been a guest instructor at the University of Rochester's Scholars Creative Writing Program. His memoir, In Jupiter's Shadow, (2009, Infinity Publishing) chronicles a religious boy's struggle with forbidden attraction. For more, visit

Rachel Hall's collection of linked stories, Heirlooms, was awarded the BkMk Press 2015 G.S. Sharat Chandra prize, selected by Marge Piercy.

Hall’s stories and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Bellingham Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, Lilith, New Letters, and Water~Stone. In addition, she has received awards and honors from publications such as Lilith and Glimmer Train, and New Letters and from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, as well as Ragdale and the Ox-Bow School of the Arts where portions of Heirlooms were written.

She holds an MFA from Indiana University where she was the Hemingway Fellow in Fiction. Currently, Hall is Professor of English at the State University of New York-Geneseo. She teaches creative writing and literature and holds two Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence—one for teaching and one for her creative work. For more, visit (photo credit: Pamela Frame)