dirt rag literature contestThe Literature Contest is a celebration of the written word. It’s our annual effort to recognize and reward writers who possess the ability to deliver fine prose with a cycling bent and a unique narrative style.

The only requirements: your entry must be 1) cycling themed and 2) no more than 3,000 words, though that limit is not a quota. If you’re in need of guidance or are seeking the tastes of our judging panel, check out the winning stories from 2009 in issues #145 and #146.

Two winners will be chosen, first place and runner-up. Winners will get awesome prizes and have their stories published in Dirt Rag.


  • Entries must include a reference to cycling, preferably mountain biking.
  • Entries must be original and previously unpublished.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Plagiarism is a crime. Do not plagiarize.
  • One entry per person. No more.
  • Word count limit is 3,000 words.
  • Mail-in entries only.

Entry Guidelines
Include one cover page with title, name and contact information. Do not place personal information, such as name or address, anywhere on the article itself. Entries will not be returned. Send to Dirt Rag Literature Contest, 3483 Saxonburg Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. All entries must be postmarked by June 1st, 2010.

Here’s the Fine Print: All entrants grant Dirt Rag the rights to reproduce submitted material in the magazine and on dirtragmag.com. Payment for non-winning entries to be made 30 days after print publication. We assume that all entries are original works and are the property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. We aren’t liable for copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.