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The 2014 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

Alicia Ostriker, Poetry Judge
Sharon Dilworth, Fiction Judge
Dinty W. Moore, Nonfiction Judge

Scroll down for separate contest guidelines for each genre.

Guidelines for the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Contest

Since 2003, the annual Autumn House Poetry Contest has awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500 to the winner. For the 2014 contest, the preliminary judge is Michael Simms, and the final judge is Alicia Ostriker. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2014. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2014.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Poetry Prize is Alicia Ostriker.
  • All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible.
  • The results of the contests will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Poetry manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh420(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Winners of the Autumn House Poetry Prize:

Year Author Title Judge
2013 Danusha Lameris The Moons of August Naomi Shihab Nye
2012 Chelsea Rathburn A Raft of Grief Stephen Dunn
2011 Brian Brodeur Natural Causes Denise Duhamel
2010 Corrinne Clegg Hales To Make It Right Claudia Emerson
2009 Jacqueline Berger The Gift that Arrives Broken Alicia Ostriker
2008 Mary Crockett Hill A Theory of Everything Naomi Shihab Nye
2007 Miriam Levine The Dark Opens Mark Doty
2006 Nancy Pagh No Sweeter Fat Tim Seibles
2005 Ada Limon lucky wreck Jean Valentine
2004 Ruth L. Schwartz Dear Good Naked Morning Alicia Ostriker
2003 Deborah Slicer The White Calf Kicks Naomi Shihab Nye

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Guidelines for the 2014 Autumn House Fiction Contest

We are pleased to announce the seventh annual Autumn House Fiction Contest. For the 2014 contest, the preliminary judge is Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Sharon Dilworth. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2014. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2014.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Fiction Prize is Sharon Dilworth.
  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
  • Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Fiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Fiction manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh430(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Winners of the Autumn House Fiction Prize:

Year Author Title Judge
2013 Tom Noyes Come by Here Kathleen George
2012 Sarah Gerkensmeyer What You Are Now Enjoying Stewart O’Nan
2011 Sharma Shields Favorite Monster Stewart O’Nan
2010 Ashley Cowger Peter Never Came Sharon Dilworth
2009 Matthew Pitt Attention Please Now Sharon Dilworth
2008 Samuel Ligon Drift and Swerve Sharon Dilworth

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Guidelines for the 2014 Autumn House Nonfiction Contest

We are pleased to announce the third annual Autumn House Nonfiction Contest. For the 2014 contest, the preliminary judges are Michael Simms and Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Dinty W. Moore. The winner will be awarded publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2014. For further questions, feel free to email us, message us on Twitter, or ask us through our Facebook Fan Page.

  • The winner will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.
  • The deadline is June 30, 2014.
  • We ask that all submissions from authors new to Autumn House come through one of our annual contests.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication.
  • The final judge for the Nonfiction Prize is Dinty W. Moore.
  • Nonfiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages. All nonfiction subjects (including personal essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical narratives, nature or science writing…) or any combination of subjects are eligible.
  • Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org.
  • Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
  • All entries must be clearly marked “Nonfiction Prize” on the outside envelope.
  • Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
  • MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:

Autumn House Press

PO Box 60100

Pittsburgh, PA 15211

Electronic submission option: Nonfiction manuscripts may be submitted electronically by sending the entry by email attachment to autumnh440(at)gmail.com and paying the $30 entry fee through the “Donate” button on the Autumn House homepage.

Year Author Title Judge
2013 Adam Patric Miller A Greater Monster Phillip Lopate
2012 Clifford Thompson Love for Sale and Other Essays Phillip Lopate

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