Welcome to SFWP's Submittable page. The 2023 Literary Awards Program will run from June 30th, 2023-January 15th, 2024. Select the option below for more details and guidelines.


The judge is Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

We are looking for fiction and creative nonfiction of any genre. Past winners have included upmarket novels, collections of short stories, flash fiction, memoir, essays, magical realism, and even a graphic novel.  SFWP is a traditional publisher with global distribution. We aggressively pursue subrights and have successfully sold translation, audio, and seven figure movie/TV deals for many titles in our catalog. Authors selected by our publishing wing will be offered a competitive contract with full marketing support. SFWP has extensive relationships with trade publications, sales reps, subrights agents, and bookbuyers worldwide.

Contracted authors enjoy a full developmental edit, an in house copyeditor, and will work closely with our in-house layout and design team. SFWP provides full support throughout the duration of your contract, and our authors consistently earn out.

You do not need to be from or associated with New Mexico or Santa Fe. We publish a wide range of books from authors who live all around the world, and are globally distributed by the Independent Publishers Group. Our subrights are represented by the Susan Schulman Agency in New York. 

Eligibility: All unpublished work is eligible. Previously published material is also eligible as long as it has not been published by a major press. So you can submit if you have published in zines, lit journals, and with micro presses. Self-published books are eligible, as are books published via Amazon and Ingram. If you have published with a small press and have not received any marketing support, then your book is eligible. We will accept excerpts and Works-In-Progress. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us.  

  • The grand prize is $1,500, and two runner-ups will receive $500 each
  • Authors retain all rights to their work
  • Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There‚Äôs no obligation to sign this contract. The prize money is awarded either way. 
  • The entry fee is $30, with an early bird entry fee of $25 through September 1st. 
  • There is a pay-it-forward option, 100% of which will be used to cover the entry fee for authors who are not able to afford the fee. We will also be offing coupons, discounts, and raffles via our social media channels. If you are unable to pay the entry fee, please contact us.
  • There is no minimum or maximum page limit.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. If your work is published during the contest, you will not be disqualified, and you do not need to withdraw your entry. If you do withdraw from the contest, we are not able to refund the reading fee. 

Please visit our page for more details!

Santa Fe Writers Project