Winner receives  a publication contract, including $1,000 and 25 author's copies.


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.

Final judge this year is JOHN McNALLY, the author of three novels, After the Workshop, America's Report Card, and The Book of Ralph; and two story collections, Ghosts of Chicago and Troublemakers. He is also author of Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction and The Creative Writer's Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist. He has edited six anthologies, including Who Can Save Us Now: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories (co-edited with Owen King). His most recent book is The Boy Who Really, Really Wanted to Have Sex: The Memoir of a Fat Kid

John's short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in over a hundred magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Washington Post, The Sun, Open City, Chicago Tribune, New Sudden Fiction (Norton), and Long Story Short (University of North Carolina Press). John has been the recipient of numerous awards for his writing, including a Chesterfield Writer's Film Project for screenwriting (sponsored by Paramount Pictures), the Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship for Fiction (sponsored by George Washington University), and the Carl Djerassi Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin. John has taught creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Western State College of Colorado, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of South Florida at Tampa, George Washington University, and Columbia College Chicago. A native of Chicago‚Äôs southwest suburb Burbank, John divides his time between Lafayette, Louisiana, where he is Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

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.