This year's judge is Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties .
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.
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.
- 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’s no obligation to sign this contract.
- There is a $30 reading fee
- There is no minimum or maximum page limit.
- Eligibility: All unpublished work is eligible.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’s CreateSpace, KDP, etc. If you have published with a small press and have not received any marketing support, then your book is eligible. If you have questions, please contact us.
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