Deadline: October 1, 2024

Entry fee: $25

About the competition

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;
  • the Short Story Collection Prize, which seeks well-crafted and powerful book-length collections and offers a $2,500 advance and publication;
  • and, in 2024, the Poetry Prize, which seeks brilliant poetry collections and offers a $1,000 advance and publication.

Our contests open February 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.

Please note: At this time, we are not seeking submissions of 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.

Competition guideline

  • The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in book-length collections (generally over 40,000 words, but there is no hard minimum). Past winners include Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh (Zan), Nino Cipri, (Homesick), Anne Valente (By Light We Knew Our Names), Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants), Jen Grow (My Life as a Mermaid), Julie Stewart (Water and Blood), and Ethel Rohan (In the Event of Contact). The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication by Dzanc Books.
  • 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 All submitted works must be  previously unpublished collections and should include a brief synopsis, author bio, and contact information. (Individual stories are allowed to have been previously published.)
  • We will accept submissions from February 1 through midnight on September 30. There is a $25 submission fee. (Note: we will not accept physical entries.) Simultaneous submissions are accepted. The winning submission and a short list of finalists will be announced on the Dzanc web page in December.  
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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