The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction
recognizes daring, original, and innovative novels. A $5,000 advance
and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the
winner. Finalists will be compiled in-house and passed along for
evaluation to this year’s judges:John Domini (Movieola! and The Sea-God’s
Herb), Peter Stenson (Thirty-Seven), and Alice Hatcher, author of
The Wonder That Was Ours, which was chosen as the winner of last year’s
Prize for Fiction.
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unpublished novel-length manuscripts and should include a brief synopsis,
author bio, and contact information. The full work should be formatted as a
Word .doc or .docx file.
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.