The RICHARD SULLIVAN prize in fiction is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at University of Notre Dame in conjunction with The University of Notre Dame Press.
The Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction are awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of short fiction . Please include a photocopy of the copyright and the title page of your previous volume. Vanity press publications do not fulfill this requirement.
Though the Sullivan Prizes are open to any author, with the exception of graduates of the University of Notre Dame, who has published at least one book of short stories (for the Sullivan Prize) , we will pay special attention to second volumes. Please include a vita and/or a biographical statement which includes your publishing history. We will be glad to see a selection of reviews of the earlier collection.
Please submit two copies of your manuscript and inform us if the manuscript is available electronically. Mail manuscripts to 356 O’Shaughnessy Hall Dept of English, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 46556. Include an SASE for acknowledgment of receipt of your submission. If you would like your manuscript returned, please send an SASE. Manuscripts will not otherwise be returned. A $15 administrative fee should accompany submissions. Make checks payable to University of Notre Dame. Every contestant will receive a one-year free subscription to theNotre Dame Review.
The volumes of the Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes will be published in trade paperback format. The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. There will be a $1,000 prize, a $500 award and a $500 advance against royalties from the Notre Dame Press.
The next Richard Sullivan prize submission period will be May 1 - Sept. 1, 2014.
Selection of the winners is expected during the spring following the submission period. Both the Sandeen and the Sullivan Prizes are awarded biannually, but judged quadrennially.
We intend to invite the winners to Notre Dame at the time of publication for a prize presentation and reading.
If you have any further questions, please write to the Director of Creative Writing, Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes, Department of English, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 46556-5639; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RICHARD T. SULLIVAN graduated from Notre Dame in 1930 and joined the University's faculty as a writing instructor in 1936. In addition to writing numerous book reviews for the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, he published several short story collections and novels, including The World of Idella May; The Three Kings; Summer After Summer; The Dark Continent; and First Citizen. A popular undergraduate teacher, he is remembered for his description of writing as “hard work requiring patience and idiotic perseverance.” He died in 1981.