Winner receives a publication contract, including $1,200 and 25 author's copies.

Extended deadline is June 30, 2019.

All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome, including but not limited to novels, novellas, novels in verse, collections of stories and/or novellas, linked collections, and full-length collections of flash fiction or short-shorts, as well as hybrid and emerging forms.

Full-length fiction manuscripts tend to be at least 100 pages. There is no maximum length.

It is common for portions of a collection or individual chapters from a novel to have been published previously. No problem.

The New American Fiction Prize is open to international submissions. Writers from all countries are eligible and encourged to submit their work.

Judy Mitchell 

Final judge this year is JUDITH CLAIRE MITCHELL, author of the novels The Last Day of the War and A Reunion of Ghosts. Her work has received the Edna Ferber Fiction Award and been a finalist for The National Jewish Book Award and Hadassah’s Harold U. Ribalow Prize. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the  Michener-Copernicus Society of America, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and Bread Loaf, among others. Formerly a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison  where she taught undergraduate and graduate fiction-writing workshops in the Department of English, helped found and run the MFA Program in  Creative Writing, and directed the Program in Creative Writing, Judy currently resides in Madison with her husband, the artist Don Friedlich. 

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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