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 and closes June 30 (Eastern Time). To submit online, please visit our online submission manager. The judges for the 2020 full-length contests are Ilya Kaminsky (poetry), Dan Chaon (fiction), and Jaquira Díaz (nonfiction).
The Autumn House Chapbook Contest (formerly the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest) is for a poetry MS 12-20 pages in length. The winner receives publication and $1,000 advance against royalties. The submission period opens August 1 and closes on November 1. To submit online, please visit our online submission manager. The judge for the 2019 Chapbook Contest is Gerry LaFemina.
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 and closes January 31 of the following year (Eastern Time). To submit online please visit our online submission manager. The judge for the 2020 Rising Writer Contest is Yona Harvey.
Autumn House will accept full-length manuscripts in all genres for publication consideration from August 1, 2020, to November 1, 2020 (or we reach 300 manuscripts). We especially encourage hybrid manuscripts or manuscripts that don’t quite fit our full-length contest guidelines. The 2019 reading period is closed (09/16/19)!
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.
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