short fiction book contest: U of Iowa Press
- The Iowa Short Fiction Award and the
John Simmons Short Fiction Award
Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is
eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been
revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a
volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have
self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if
they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current
University of Iowa students are not eligible.
The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least
150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. We do not accept e-mail submissions.
The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not
required. The author’s name can be on every page but this is not required.
Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. There is
no reading fee; please do not send cash, checks, or money orders. Reasonable
care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail or
for the return of those not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
We assume the author retains a copy of the manuscript.
Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press
under the Press’s standard contract.
Manuscripts should be mailed to:
Iowa Short Fiction Award
Iowa Writers’ Workshop
507 North Clinton Street
102 Dey House
Iowa City IA 52242-1000
No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be
postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by
September 30. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following
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