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 15, 2021, and closes June 15, 2021 (Eastern Time).

  • 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
  • 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  • Submission should be previously unpublished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
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted

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
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