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 15, 2021, and closes June 15, 2021 (Eastern Time). We will announce the finalists and the winner of the contest by October 1, 2021.
- 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 for the Fiction Contest is $30 (We will waive the submission fee for anyone undergoing financial hardship or living with limited means. Please reach out, and we’ll step you through the submission process)
- 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- Submission should be previously unpublished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 an acknowledgments page in the manuscript
- Feel free to include a table of contents
- 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.
Winners of the Autumn House Fiction Prize
|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.