Dzanc Books

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Scroll down for information on our annual contests.


Dzanc Books solicits submissions through three 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, 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 be running our periodic Nonfiction Prize, seeking innovative and inspiring book-length work of nonfiction, including but not limited to memoir, essays, polemical writing, historical writing, and biography. The Nonfiction 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 by the end of the year.

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 We look forward to reading your work.

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