Dzanc Books

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Dzanc Books solicits submissions through three annual contests:

  • the Prize for Fiction, which recognizes novels (40,000 words and up) that are daring, original, and innovative, and offers a $5,000 advance and publication;
  • the Short Story Collection, which seeks well-crafted and powerful book-length collections and offers a $2,500 advance and publication;
  • and a final contest which changes from year to year. This year, we will offer a Novella Prize, seeking sharp and creative short works between 18,000 and 40,000 words in length. The Novella Prize offers a $1,500 advance and publication.

Our contests open March 1 and close September 30. The winner of each contest, along with a short list of finalists, will be announced on November 15.

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

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