Fiction Contest

Guidelines for the Autumn House Fiction Contest

For the 2022 contest, the Autumn House staff as well as select outsider readers serve as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Venita Blackburn. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2022, and closes May 31, 2022 (Eastern Time). We will announce the finalists and the winner of the contest by October 1, 2022. 

  • The winner will receive book publication, a $1,000 honorarium, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book
  • All finalists will be considered for publication
  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 double-spaced pages (50,000- 75,000 words)
  • The reading fee is $30 (We will waive the submission fee for those undergoing financial hardship or living with limited means. Please check out our FAQs page for more information)
  • All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible
  • Submission should be previously unpublished
  • Do not include your name anywhere on the actual manuscript
  • You may include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
  • Do not include a bio or an acknowledgments page in the manuscript
  • Feel free to include a table of contents (This does not count a part of your final page count)
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted
  • Friends, family members, and former students of judges or Autumn House editors may not submit to the contest. Students do not include interactions at short-term residencies or fellowships.
  • Former employees of Autumn House, including interns, may not submit to the contest.

If you have any questions, please check our FAQ page.

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Winners of the Autumn House Fiction Prize

Year Author Title Judge
2021 Wendy Wimmer Entry Level Deesha Philyaw
2020 Kevin Honold Molly Dan Chaon
2019 Michael X. Wang Further News of Defeat: Stories Aimee Bender
2018 Hadley Moore Not Dead Yet and Other Stories Dana Johnson
2017 Glori Simmons Carry You Amina Gautier
2016 Andrew Bourelle Heavy Metal William Lychack
2015 Kathy Anderson Bull and Other Stories Sharon Dilworth
2014 Mark Brazaitis Truth Poker Sharon Dilworth
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

 

We strive to run our contests ethically and subscribe to CLMP’s guidelines. We encourage you to reach out if you are uncertain about a potential conflict of interest.