Deadline: October 1, 2022

Entry fee: $25

About the competition

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative novels (generally over 40,000 words, but there is no hard minimum). A $5,000 advance and publication by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. Finalists will be compiled in-house and passed along for evaluation to this year’s judges: Angel Khoury (Between Tides), Josip Novakovich (Honey in the Carcase and Heritage of Smoke), and Blair Austin, author of Dioramas, which was chosen as the winner of last year’s Prize for Fiction.

The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike. Agented submissions are also eligible, and we ask that you include all agency contact information with the application. All submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts and should include a brief synopsis, author bio, and contact information. The full work should be formatted as a PDF, Word .doc or .docx file.

We will accept submissions from March 1 through midnight on September 30. There is a $25 submission fee. (Note: we will not accept physical entries.) Simultaneous submissions allowed. The winning submission and a short list of finalists will be announced on the Dzanc web page in November.

Dzanc Books is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contest fees will go toward funding the prize as well as supporting Dzanc’s commitment to producing quality literary works, providing creative writing instruction in public schools through the Dzanc Writers-in-Residence program, and offering low-cost workshops for aspiring authors. Active and former Dzanc authors and employees are not eligible for the prize.  

Competition guidelines

Dzanc Books solicits submissions through our annual contests:

the Prize for Fiction, which recognizes novels that are daring, original, and innovative, and offers a $5,000 advance and publication; and the Short Story Collection, which seeks well-crafted and powerful book-length collections and offers a $2,500 advance and publication.

  • Submit your entry here.

Our contests open March 1 and close September 30. The winner of each contest, along with a short list of finalists, will be announced by the end of the year. All contests are open internationally.

Please note: At this time, we are not seeking submissions of poetry or YA/children’s fiction.

For any questions about the contests or our submissions policy, please email [email protected]. We look forward to reading your work.

VoW Research
Author: VoW Research

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