Starcherone Books Contest

9 February 2007

Starcherone Books Contest

The 2007-08 contest, offering $1000 and publication with Starcherone Books, is now accepting entries. Contest is open to story collections, novels, or
indeterminate prose works up to 400 pages. Manuscripts will be blind-judged; the author’s name should appear on the first of two title pages and nowhere else in the manuscript. There is an administrative fee of $30. Please do not send cash. The postmark deadline is January 31, 2007. The winner will be announced in August 2007.

All finalists will be considered for publication with Starcherone Books. See our ad in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers. WE’RE THRILLED TO HAVE LANCE OLSEN AS OUR 2007-8 CONTEST FINAL JUDGE. Olsen is the author of eight novels, one hypertext, four critical studies, four short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and a textbook about fiction writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. His ninth novel, Anxious Pleasures, will appear in March, 2007, from Shoemaker & Hoard. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared
in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Fiction International, Iowa Review, Village Voice, Time Out, BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Best
American Non-Required Reading. Olsen is an N.E.A. fellowship and Pushcart prize recipient, and former governor-appointed Idaho Writer-in-Residence. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His work has been translated into Italian, Polish, and Finnish. For ten years he taught as associate and then full professor at the University of Idaho; for two he directed the University of Idaho’s M.F.A. program. He has also taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, the University of Kentucky, on summer and semester-abroad programs in Oxford and London, on a Fulbright in Finland, at various writing conferences, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife, assemblage-artist Andi Olsen, in the mountains of central Idaho.

As Final Judge, Lance Olsen will make his selection out of a group of 5-10 finalists selected by our staff readers, and may request additional
manuscripts from which to choose a winner. As always, one manuscript will be selected as winner of our prize. Starcherone does not believe in holding competitions that do not select a winning book.

Snail Mail Directions
There will be a reading fee of $30. Please do not send cash. The contest is blind-judged, so the author’s name and contact information should appear on
title page and nowhere else in manuscript. (Please also remove mentions of previous excerpt publications from manuscripts; do not include acknowledgment pages.) A second title page with only the manuscript title should also be included. Please mail to :

STARCHERONE FICTION PRIZE, Starcherone Books, P.O. Box 303, Buffalo, NY 14201-0303

Send your reading fee of $30 to the above snail mail address. Then send your manuscript as an email attachment to Please send the manuscript either as an Adobe pdf file or an MS Word file saved in rich text format (rtf). In your email, give your name and contact information, as well as the title of your manuscript and a short author bio/publication history. Include only the title on your manuscript, with no mention of the author’s name. If you wish, include a self-addressed postcard for notification that we have received both your manuscript and fee, as well as the SASE for contest results. Any questions may also be referred to

*Note: This is not a hypertext or electronic fiction contest. This is a means by which you can send your fiction contest manuscript to Starcherone

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