Fiction Contest

Guidelines for the 2020 Autumn House Fiction Contest

For the 2020 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Dan Chaon. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2020, and closes June 30, 2020 (Eastern Time). If you have any questions, please check our FAQs page!

  • 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 pages. All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible.
  • Contest results will be announced on our website
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS.
  • Include your name and contact info in the “cover letter” section of Submittable as well as a brief bio. Feel free to include a TOC and acknowledgments page. 

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Winners of the Autumn House Fiction Prize

2019Michael X. WangFurther New 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