2015 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE

The submission period is February 1, 2015 - June 15, 2015.

Winner receives a publication contract, including 25 author's copies and a crisp check for $1,000.

All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome, including novels, novellas, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, as well as full-length collections of flash fiction and short-shorts. Full-length fiction manuscripts tend to be at least 100 pages. There is no maximum length.

To submit, please access our convenient online submission manager: Submittable. It saves paper and helps keep things organized, so please don't send manuscripts by email or traditional post. Feel free to email us if you're having trouble with Submittable.

We read manuscripts blind, so please exclude identifying information from the manuscript itself. All necessary contact information is included in your Submittable file.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, but please contact us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Final judge this year is LARRY WATSON, author of the novels Let Him Go; Montana 1948; American Boy; In a Dark Time; White Crosses; Laura; Orchard; and Sundown, Yellow Moon; the fiction collection Justice; and the chapbook of poetry Leaving Dakota. He has published short stories and poems in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, North American Review, Mississippi Review, and other journals and quarterlies. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and other periodicals. His work has also been anthologized in Essays for Contemporary Culture, Imagining Home, Off the Beaten Path, Baseball and the Game of Life, The Most Wonderful Books, These United States, Writing America, and West of 98.

Watson’s fiction has been published in ten foreign editions, and has received prizes and awards from Milkweed Press, Friends of American Writers, Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association, Mountain and ​Plains Library Association, New York Public Library, Wisconsin Library Association, Critics’ Choice, and The High Plains Book Award. Watson has also received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1987, 2004) and the Wisconsin Arts Board. The movie rights to Montana 1948 and Justice have been sold to Echo Lake Productions and White Crosses and Orchard have been optioned for film.

Watson taught writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for twenty-five years before joining the faculty at Marquette University in 2003 as a Visiting Professor. He has also taught and participated in writers conferences in Colorado, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, St. Malo, and Caen, France, and elsewhere. Find out more at www.Larry-Watson.com.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more info. Further questions can be directed to David Bowen.

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