MVP Deadlines(Scroll down for american fiction guidelines)
The submission period for the 2011 MVP Competition, a search for
book-length unpublished manuscripts by new or emerging writers, is Sept. 15 - Nov. 1 (postmark), 2011. The
poetry prize and the prose prize this year are both open to anyone writing in English. There is
a $20 entry fee. The two winning titles will be published in Fall
2013 by New Rivers Press and distributed nationally through Consortium
Book Sales and Distribution. Each winning author will receive $1,000
and a standard book contract. We are currently screening submissions and hope to announce winners by June 1, 2012.
For complete guidelines, click HERE.
Update: we hope to announce winners of the 2010 competition by June 1.
We have limited resources, but do our best to be open to work of every character. We read general book-length submissions in April and May once we've completed screening for our MVP competition. Submit ms. with SASE (or, preferably, email address) for response; we don't return mss. A cover letter does not need to sell your ms. but should describe it with precision. If you're submitting a novel, for example, a one paragraph treatment and a cast of major characters can be useful. Also, include a brief up-to-date artistic bio or a web address where we can access such a bio. If you wish to query by email, contact Alan Davis or Suzzanne Kelley. (davisa AT mnstate.edu or kelleys AT mnstate.edu ).
The American Fiction Prize
American Fiction: The Best Unpublished Short Stories
by Emerging Writers, twice chosen by Writers' Digest as one of the best places in
the United States to publish fiction, will be open to submissions from Feb. 1, 2011, to June 1, 2011, (postmark date).
First Prize: $1,000Second Prize: $500Third Prize: $250
Entry Fee: $12/story
Contest winners and finalists will be published by New Rivers Press in fall 2012 and distributed nationally by The Consortium.
Previous judges include Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Robert Boswell, Ray Carver, Louise Erdrich, Clint McCown, Antonya Nelson, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Wallace Stegner, Anne Tyler, and Tobias Wolff.
Winners and finalists will be announced by September 2011. Finalist Judge: Josip Novakovich
This year’s judge, Josip Novakovich, moved from Croatia to the U.S. at the age of twenty. He has published a novel, April Fool's Day (published in ten languages), three story collections (Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Yolk, and Salvation and Other Disasters) and three collections of narrative essays. His work was anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize collection, and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Ingram Merrill Award, and an American Book Award, and he has been a writing fellow of the New York Public Library. He teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal.
American Fiction Prize
151 Glenwood Street
Manchester, CT 06040
accept all genres of unpublished literary fiction. Entries must be:
unpublished; strictly 7,500 words or less; postmarked or received electronically between Feb. 1, 2011, and June 1, 2011;
clearly marked "American Fiction Prize" on both the story and the
outside of the envelope if the submission is sent through the mail; accompanied by a $12 entry fee per story (make
checks payable to American Fiction). Please include a cover page with
your name, story title, mailing address, and email address. Do not
include your name on the pages of the story. Please ensure all stories
are typed, double-spaced, and that the title and page number appear on
each page. In lieu of an email address, please include a
self-addressed, stamped envelope.
We welcome multiple entries
($12/story). For entries outside the U.S.: please send entry fee in
U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we
will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes
an SASE; as well, we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides
an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.
Please e-mail any questions to americanfictionprize AT gmail DOT com
Thank you for your interest, and good luck!
Short Story Collection
New Rivers Press was founded in 1968 by C. W. "Bill" Truesdale and has published more than 340 titles. In 2001, after Truesdale's death, Alan Davis and Wayne Gudmundson were instrumental in reviving and relocating it to MSUM, where its dual mission is to publish literary work of every character, with an emphasis on new and emerging writers, and to provide learning opportunities, including a Certificate in Publishing, for students in partnership with MSUM. The press honors Truesdale's progressive spirit by publishing work with a strong sense of place that speaks to our troubled times with satyagraha (the truthforce), empathy, and aesthetic courage.
New Books October 2011
The Animals Beyond Us, poems
"His poems are finely observed, precisely felt, and they bring magic to the domestic life, the real magic of language that has power to transform a world." ~John Dufresne, author
"I love Mason's instructive intensity and will, her grace and ability to translate desire into something scary yet gorgeous." ~David Dodd Lee, author
Downriver People, fiction
Bea Exner Liu
"Americans should read, and ponder, this humane memoir of an American life in a China now massively, but not unrecognizably, transformed." ~Robert A. Knapp
Girl Held in Home, fiction
"...Elizabeth Searle uses her signature zany brilliance to turn suburbia, adultery, parenting, politics, and even terrorism into something new and insightful." ~Ann Hood, author
Hotel Utopia, poems
"[This] is a book of angles. These poems come from one bend in the mind, then another, from one tilt in the heart, then another. Whether the content is personal, mystical, or political, the voice is deliciously agile." ~Tim Seibles, author
The Muse of Ocean Parkway and Other Stories, short story collection
"Not since The Magic Barrel have I read a short story collection that delivers such lacerating wit and tempered realism." ~C. Michael Curtis, editor