The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). The submission period opens January 1, 2017 and the postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2017. To submit online, please visit our online submission manager. Please note that, at this time, Autumn House accepts unsolicited manuscripts only through these contests.
The judges for the 2017 full-length contests are:
The Rising Writer Contest is for a first full-length book of poetry by an author 33 years old or younger. In addition to publication the winner also receives $1,000 ($500 advance against royalties and a $500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). The submission period opens November 1, 2016 and the postmark deadline is January 31, 2017. To submit online please visit our online submission manager. The judge for this year’s Rising Writer Contest is Ada Limón.
If you don’t yet have a full-length poetry manuscript, please consider submitting a chapbook to our imprint, Coal Hill Review.
Though we are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we suggest you familiarize yourself with previous Autumn House publications before submitting. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent voices of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important writers of their generation. Many of our past winners have been first-book authors. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.
For further questions, feel free to email us.