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Autumn House Press is happy to announce the winners of the 2014 Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction Contest!

  • Alicia Ostriker selected Practicing the Truth by Ellery Akers, winner of the Poetry Prize
  • Sharon Dilworth selected Truth Poker by Mark Brazaitis, winner of the Fiction Prize
  • Dinty W. Moore selected Sliver of Shade by Jill Kandel, winner of the Nonfiction Prize

The winners will receive a $1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant. Their winning manuscripts will be published early in 2014.

We received approximately 1,200 submissions, and the judges and editors were particularly impressed this year by the high quality of many of the submissions.

Thanks to all who participated by submitting manuscripts and to our wonderful judges!



***Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s delightful and unique collection What You Are Now Enjoying just won the 2014 Debutlitzer Prize from Late Night Library! Way to go Sarah – Autumn House is so proud!

Steve Schwartz’s collection, Little Raw Souls, won the 2014 Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction! Autumn House is so proud!

Autumn House is thrilled to announce that Gerald Stern, author of Not God After All, is the 2014 recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s highest award, the Frost Medal. Congratulations Gerald!

Autumn House is pleased to announce that Clifford Thompson’s brilliant collection of essays, Love for Sale, won the 2013 Whiting Award! Way to go Cliff! ***


We hope you’ll explore our selection of extraordinary poetry, fiction, and non-fiction – for your own enjoyment, for classroom use, or as gifts for friends and colleagues.  You can also learn about our annual Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Prizes, as well as our online journal, Coal Hill Review. (Please note that Autumn House accepts unsolicited manuscripts only through these competitions.) Or check out our upcoming readings and community outreach events.

Many of our books and their authors have won acclaim. In January 2013, Steven Schwartz’s Little Raw Souls: Stories received a *starred review* (highly recommended) in the American Library Association’s Booklist. Sue Ellen Thompson, author of The Golden Hour and The Leaving, as well as editor of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (all published by Autumn House Press), was awarded the 2010 Maryland Author Award from the Maryland Library Association. Elizabeth Kirschner was named Maine’s Literary Fellow for 2010 for her book-length poem My Life as a Doll published by Autumn House Press. George Bilgere’s The White Museum won an award from The Lit, a nonprofit corporation based in Cleveland, for best poetry book published in 2010. Robert Gibb’s What the Heart Can Bear was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Another recent release, Blood Honey by Chana Bloch, was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. Naomi Shihab Nye selected Samuel Hazo’s Just Once for the Maurice English Poetry Award, and Hazo also garnered the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radius of Arab-American Writers. And finally, Julie Suk was the recipient of the Brockman-Campbell Prize, selected by Colette Inez, for her book The Dark Takes Aim.

As recognition for its work in literary publishing, the Autumn House community was recently honored to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, presented by Senator Wayne Fontana. Here’s what the certificate says, in part:

“What makes Autumn House so special is that it is a community of volunteers, modestly-paid staff and supporters, all of whom believe that fine literature can make a real difference in our lives and our culture. The work of Autumn House Press ensures that American poetry is being published and, by its act, is nurturing the great American poetic tradition. Autumn House Press’ mission is a laudable one, and its leadership makes our community a better place in which to live. Autumn House has earned the admiration of the arts community.”

We invite you to browse our catalog (here), to learn more about the press (here), and to join us at one of our many events in the Pittsburgh area (here).  Subscribe to our RSS feed (here) and stay up to date on the latest Autumn House happenings. Also feel free to “Like” our Facebook fan page (here) and to follow us on Twitter (here).