Dzanc is pleased to announce our 2018 contests, welcoming literary fiction and nonfiction in a variety of forms. All three contests will be open from March 1 through September 30, 2018, with submissions accepted through our Submittable page. There is a $25 fee per submission.
The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing in novel form. A $5,000 advance and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. Finalists will be compiled in house and passed along for evaluation to this year’s judges: John Domini (Movieola! and The Sea-God’s Herb), Emily Geminder (Dead Girls and Other Stories), and Alice Hatcher, author of The Wonder That Was Ours, which was chosen as the winner of last year’s Prize for Fiction. The winner and a short list of finalists will be announced on November 15.
The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in the short form. Past winners include Kirstin Allio (Clothed, Female Figure), Anne Valente (By Light We Knew Our Names), Jen Grow (My Life as a Mermaid), and Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants, coming October 2018). The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books. The winner and a short list of finalists will be announced on November 15.
The Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize honors an innovative and inspiring work of nonfiction, including but not limited to memoir, essays, polemical writing, historical writing, and biography. Previous winners include Jason Tougaw (The One You Get), Amy Benson (Seven Years to Zero), Nathan Deuel (Friday Was the Bomb), and Carole Firstman (Origins of the Universe and What It All Means). The winning submission will receive a $1,500 advance and publication in Fall 2019. The winner and a short list of finalists will be announced on November 15.
Dzanc Books is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All contest fees will go toward funding the prizes, as well as supporting Dzanc’s commitment to producing quality literary works, providing creative writing instruction in public schools through the Dzanc Writers-in-Residence Program, and helping fund Disquiet International.