The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative novels (40,000 words and longer). A $5,000 advance and publication in Fall 2020 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: Lee Martin (Late One Night and The Mutual UFO Network), Julia Dixon Evans (How to Set Yourself on Fire), and John Englehardt, author of Bloomland, 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 All submitted works must be previously unpublished novel-length manuscripts and should include a brief synopsis, author bio, and contact information.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, 2019 through midnight on September 30th, 2019. 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. Active and former Dzanc authors and employees are not eligible for the prize.