Frequently Asked Questions

I'm pretty sure my manuscript is going to blow your mind--should I send it?


What award comes with the Prize? Will my book be published if I win?

The author of the winning manuscript is offered a publication contract that includes $1,000 in prize monies and 25 complimentary author's copies. We also work hard to get our books reviewed.

How will my book be distributed?

The book will be distributed via Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Can I email my manuscript to you? Or where should I send a hard copy?

We do not accept manuscripts via email or traditional post. All manuscripts should be submitted using our online submission manager--it does a really good job of keeping things organized, and it saves paper.

When I submit online, should I include a cover sheet with contact info on the first page of the manuscript?

We read blind, so there should be no identifying information on the manuscript itself except for its title. The online submission manager will prompt you for your contact information, and there will be a field where you can choose to include details such as those you might usually include in a cover letter.

If I submit through regular mail, what should I include on the cover sheet?

We do not accept submissions via traditional post. Please use Submittable.

The final judge taught a writing workshop I was in once. Can I still submit my work?

We take contest ethics seriously and intend to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Our evaluation system is designed to make it impossible for any reader to know who wrote any manuscript that he or she is evaluating, but a previous teacher or mentor may recognize the writing of a former student. We have asked our judges to alert us if such a scenario occurs, and if it does we will remove the manuscript from consideration and refund the author's entry fee. If you have had more than a passing acquaintence with the final judge or any of the New American Press staff, please contact us prior to submitting. If at any point we determine that either a manuscript cannot be read without bias or its publication may suggest unfairness in the judging process, we will remove it from consideration and refund the author's entry fee.

Can I submit a manuscript that includes previously published work?

Yes. Some or all of the manuscript may have been published previously, though not in the same form that it is being submitted to New American Press. This means that a collection may include pieces, some or all, that have appeared previously at several magazines and journals before being collected and submitted to New American Press as a single collection.

What if I previously self-published the whole manuscript?

This is a gray area, so you'll have to email us. The contest intends to introduce new work to readers, but if your self-published book didn't get much attention yet, you can probably still submit it for consideration. Shoot us an email.

Can I give you a Visa or Mastercard number for the entry fee?

Submittable loves credit cards.

Will you publish runners-up? Is there a second-place prize?

There is no prize for second place. Authors who make it to the finalist pool, though, are often solicited to submit work to MAYDAY Magazine.

What if I have other questions?

Please email further questions to the editors.



Recently released titles from New American Press:

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, the story collection by 2013 New American Fiction Prize-winner Alden Jones, is now available! Check out her interview at Bloom.

TAURUS, poems by Paul Nemser, is ready for your order. What are folks saying about this myth-infused love story set amongst the sentient robot arms of contemporary St. Petersburg? Check out The Huffington Post review by Valerie Stivers-Isakova.

ELECTRICITY & OTHER DREAMS, a collection of magical stories by Micah Dean Hicks, is available and getting attention. Check out the starred review at Publishers Weekly!

THE THAW, newly-translated stories by award-winning Icelandic novelist Ólafur Gunnarsson, is ready for your nighttable. In the meantime, see what they had to say at the University of Rochester's Three Percent.