2020 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE

Winner receives a publication contract, including a $1,500 advance, 25 author's copies, and promotional support.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2020.

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, which saves paper and helps keep things organized.

This year's final judge is NICK WHITE, a Mississippi native whose books include the novel How to Survive a Summer (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2017) and the story collection Sweet and Low (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2018). Nick is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewGuernicaCatapult, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. You can also enjoy interviews with Nick at Rolling Stone, Kenyon Review, and the Maximum Fun and KR podcasts. He is currently at work on a new novel.

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. Please contact us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

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Further questions can be directed to the editors.

UPDATES


After perusing some reviews at The Coil and Story366, check out Wayne Harrison's story collection WRENCH. After reading it, Andre Dubus III said, "Not since I read the stories of Breece D'J Pancake nearly thirty years ago have I felt so strongly about the debut of a writer of short fiction as I do Wayne Harrison."

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS, the multiple awards-winning story collection by Alden Jones, is ready to read! Check out her interview at Bloom.

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TAURUS, poems by Paul Nemser, is ready for your order. See what the Huffington Post has to say about this myth-infused love story set amongst the sentient robot arms of contemporary St. Petersburg.

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

THE THAW, stories translated 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.