Fiction Contest

Guidelines for the 2021 Autumn House Fiction Contest

For the 2021 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Deesha Philyaw. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2021, and closes May 31, 2021 (Eastern Time).

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, 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 for the Fiction Contest is $30
  • All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible
  • Submission should be previously unpublished
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual manuscript
  • Include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
  • Feel free to include a table of contents and acknowledgments page
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted

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

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Winners of the Autumn House Fiction Prize

YearAuthorTitleJudge
2020Kevin HonoldMollyDan Chaon
2019Michael X. WangFurther News of Defeat: StoriesAimee Bender
2018Hadley MooreNot Dead Yet and Other StoriesDana Johnson
2017Glori SimmonsCarry YouAmina Gautier
2016Andrew BourelleHeavy MetalWilliam Lychack
2015Kathy AndersonBull and Other StoriesSharon Dilworth
2014Mark BrazaitisTruth PokerSharon Dilworth
2013Tom NoyesCome by HereKathleen George
2012Sarah GerkensmeyerWhat You Are Now EnjoyingStewart O’Nan
2011Sharma ShieldsFavorite MonsterStewart O’Nan
2010Ashley CowgerPeter Never CameSharon Dilworth
2009Matthew PittAttention Please NowSharon Dilworth
2008Samuel LigonDrift and SwerveSharon Dilworth