literary fiction & community service prize: Dzanc Books
- Dzanc Books announces the inaugural Dzanc Prize – a monetary award to a
writer with both a work in progress, and an interest in performing some form of
literary community service.
The award itself will be a total of $5,000 to be distributed in two payments
over the course of a twelve month period. The purpose of this prize is to give
monetary aid to a writer of literary promise, in order to provide a budgetary
cushion for them, allowing the author to concentrate his/her efforts on the
completion of their work in progress.
Eligibility: Any author with a Work in Progress, and a project in mind that
can be deemed Literary Community Service. The author must be working on
literary fiction, and the community service must occur within the United States of
Timing: The Inaugural Dzanc Prize will be issued for the 2008 calendar year.
We will accept submissions from authors from now through November 1, 2007. The
announcement of the winning author will be made during the month of December
2007. The announcement will be made via email to the author, here on the
website, as well as sent to trade journals (P&W, Publisher’s Weekly, etc.).
Submissions: Authors please send your current cv, a description of your Work
in Progress, along with a ten page excerpt, and your planned Literary
Community Service. These should be sent as MS Word Attachments in an email to
info(at)dzancbooks.org (replace (at) with @).
Dzanc Books will be selecting the author who will receive this $5,000 Prize
based on a combination of the Work in Progress, and the intended Literary
Community Service. It would probably benefit authors who are submitting to become
familiar with Dzanc Books and the types of authors we will be publishing, as
well as the Educational Programs Dzanc Books sets up and runs.
Some examples of Literary Community Service:
- Running a series of writing workshops in a school
- Volunteering to do a storytime session or series at your local library
- Volunteering to work at a local book festival (if the festival is run as a
The winner of the Dzanc Prize will receive a check for $2500 in the month of
January 2008. The remaining $2500 will be paid once the Literary Community
Service has been completed.
Dzanc Books will make no claims towards the winner and their Work in
Progress. If at the time the author has completed the work, they wish to submit it to
Dzanc Books, we will be delighted to have a look. Their manuscript will go
through the same reading process every other submission goes through.
The submissions for the Dzanc Prize will be reviewed by, and the prize will
be awarded by a panel of Steve Gillis, Dan Wickett and Keith Taylor. All
writers, including friends and associates of the panel, are eligible for the prize.
The integrity and objectivity of Dzanc Books will not be compromised and,
given our vast connections to so many great writers, exclusion of any kind would
Any questions can be submitted to info(at)dzancbooks.org.
(replace (at) with @)
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