The Shelterbelt Press 2017 Fiction Prize

30 October 2017

We are excited to announce the first Shelterbelt Press Fiction Prize. The winning book will be published by Shelterbelt Press, housed at the University of Illinois Springfield, in Spring of 2019. Winners receive a $500.00 award, 25 copies of their book, plus a trip to the University of Illinois Springfield for a reading and launch party.

We believe in literature’s potential to create meaningful social change. To ensure that our winning books make it into the hands of readers and become part of the cultural landscape, we develop a specialized promotion plan for each winning author. This includes sending out review copies, marketing the book at a range of regional and national book fairs, creating broadsides of individual pieces, providing promotional materials, featuring the book on the Shelterbelt website, and working with the author to schedule readings.

*Manuscripts should be between 120-200 pages, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF formats.

*We are happy to consider hybrid or collaborative works.

*Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections.

*Please remove your name and any identifying information from the manuscript itself. You may, however, include an acknowledgments page.

*The final judge for this year’s competition is Amina Gautier.

Amina Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction and received the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award; Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction, the International Book Award, a Silver IPPY Award in Multicultural Fiction, a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction; and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award, and a First Horizon Award.

You can read more about Amina here: https://aminagautier.wordpress.com/

*We will accept manuscripts from September 1, 2017, 12am CST – December 31st, 2017, 12 am CST. 

*Submit your contest manuscript through Submittable. We cannot accept hard copy manuscripts at this time.

*The entry fee is $20.00. Payments may be made with a credit card or PayPal via Submittable.

*We cannot allow revisions to manuscripts during the contest selection process.

*Winners and 10 finalists will be announced in Spring of 2018.

Eligibility: Previous book publication is not a consideration. Students and former students of University of Illinois Springfield or of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge or acquaintances whose relationship with the judge might be seen as close for other reasons that would seem to be a conflict of interest are also not considered eligible. (Query the press if doubtful.)

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but entrants are asked to notify Shelterbelt Press immediately if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Visit the website:

https://shelterbeltpress.submittable.com/submit/91573/the-shelterbelt-press-2017-fiction-prize

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