The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in book-length collections. Past winners include Kirstin Allio
(Clothed, Female Figure), Anne Valente (By Light We Knew Our
Names), Jen Grow (My Life as a Mermaid), and Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White
Dancing Elephants, coming October 2018). The winning submission will be
awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books. The
contest will be judged by Emily Geminder, whose collection Dead Girls and Other Stories
won the prize in 2016
The contest is open to new, upcoming, and established writers alike.
submissions are also eligible, and we ask that you include all agency
contact information with the application. All submitted works must be
unpublished collections and should include a brief
author bio, and contact information.
We will accept submissions from March 1st, 2018
through midnight on September 30th, 2018. There is a
$25 submission fee. (Note: we will not accept physical entries.) The winning submission and a
short list of finalists will be announced on the Dzanc web page on November 15th.
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.