University of Syracuse Press editors are seeking unpublished, full-length novels or short story collections in manuscript form for the second iteration of its Veterans Writing Award. The biannual prize exists in cooperation with the university's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).
Prize is $1,000 and publication; other notable manuscripts entered in the contest may also be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, with notification.
Submissions window for the next iteration opens Dec. 15, 2020 and closes Feb. 15, 2021. Results will be announced in October 2021.
Entrants must not have previously published a full-length manuscript or collection of stories.
This contest is open to U.S. veterans and active duty personnel in any branch of the U.S. military and their immediate family members. This includes spouses, domestic partners, and children. We encourage women veteran writers and veterans of color to submit. Although work submitted for the contest need not be about direct military experience, we seek original voices and fresh perspectives that will expand and challenge readers’ understanding of the lives of veterans and their families.
This year's guest judge is U.S Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay, author of the novel Missionaries and the National Book Award-winning short story collection Redeployment. The contest uses a blind review process, but prospective entrants are advised not to enter the contest if the judge is someone they know personally or have worked with professionally.
Editorial guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:
- Submissions must be double-spaced in a standard 12-point font (such as Courier or Times New Roman) and should not exceed 90,000 words. The manuscript should be a PDF or Word file (.doc and .docx). Work must be previously unpublished.
- Proof of military service is not required when submitting. Documentation and verification will be required, however, if a writer’s work reaches the final round of judging.
- There is no entry fee.
- Current faculty and staff of Syracuse University are not eligible to enter the contest.
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