Friday 15 August 2014

CATHERINE DOCTOROW INNOVATIVE FICTION PRIZE - Deadline 1 November, 2014 #writing #competition #contest

The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize is open to any U.S. writer in English with at least three books of fiction published. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published or self-published novels and collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of, Stacey Levine, the final judge, are ineligible to enter the contest. Employees of FC2 and FC2 authors are not eligible to enter.

Finalists for the Prize will be chosen by the following members of the FC2 Board of Directors: Kate Bernheimer, Jeffrey DeShell, Lance Olsen, Michael Mejia, Matthew Roberson, Elisabeth Sheffield, and Susan Steinberg.

The winning manuscript for this year's contest will be chosen from the finalists by final judge, Stacey Levine.

Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2’s stated mission to publish "fiction considered by America’s largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu," including works of "high quality and exceptional ambition whose styles, subject matter, or forms push the limits of American publishing and reshape our literary culture.”

For contest updates and full information on FC2’s mission, history, aesthetic commitments, authors, events, and books, please our about page.

Contest entries will be accepted beginning 15 August, 2014. All entries must be submitted no later than 1 November, 2014. The winner will be announced in May 2015.

The Prize includes $15,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize.

1) Submit a previously unpublished manuscript of any length through our electronic submissions manager. Electronic submissions only.

2) The manuscript must be anonymous. The author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The title page should contain the title of the manuscript only. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document or PDF.

3) Please include a cover letter/biography with your name, contact information, and a list of three previously published works of fiction with ISBN’s and publishers in the space allotted on the submission form.

4) Include a $25 submission fee. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is submitted separately and accompanied by a $25 submission fee. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

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