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$25.00 USD

The Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize is awarded annually for the most innovative and inspiring book-length work of nonfiction (generally over 40,000 words)--including but not limited to memoir, essays, polemical writing, historical writing, and biography. The contest will be open for submissions from March 1st through September 30, 2021, via our Submittable page. The winning submission will receive a $1,500 advance and publication. There is a $25 submission fee. (Note: we will not accept physical entries.) The winner and a short list of finalists will be announced by the end of the year.  There is no hard minimum or maximum on word count. Simultaneous submissions welcome.


Dzanc Books is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contest fees will go toward funding the prize as well 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.   


We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.