The Drue Heinz Literature Prize Call for Submissions 2012
The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short
fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The
award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of
fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial
magazines or literary journals.
Manuscripts are judged anonymously by nationally known writers; past
judges have included Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond
Carver, Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Rick Moody and Joan Didion. The
prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University
of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract.
The winner will be announced by the University Press in January. No
information about the winner will be released before the official
announcement. The volume of manuscripts prevents the Press from offering
critiques or entering into communication or correspondence about
manuscripts. Please do not call or e-mail the Press.
Past Winners of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize
1. The award is open to writers who have published a novel, a
book-length collection of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or
novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national
distribution. On-line publication does not count toward this
2. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States.
3. University of Pittsburgh employees, former employees, current
students, and those who have been students within the last three years
are not eligible for the award.
4. Translations are not eligible if the translation was not done by the author.
5. Eligible submissions include a manuscript of short stories; one or
more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced
typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short
stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection.
Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 typed pages.
6. Stories or novellas previously published in book form as part of an anthology are eligible.
Format for Submissions
1. Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced on quality white paper,
unbound, and pages must be numbered consecutively. Clean, legible
photocopies on high quality white paper are acceptable.
2. Each submission must include a list of the writer's published short fiction work, with full citations.
3. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Each manuscript should have
two cover pages: one listing the title of the manuscript and the
author's name, address, e-mail address (if available), and telephone
number; and a second listing only the manuscript title. The author's
name, other identifying information, and publication information must
not appear after the first cover page.
4. Manuscripts will not be returned.
1. Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but
if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify the
2. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as
long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material
submitted in another manuscript.
Dates for Submission
Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2012. That is, they
must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.
Send submissions to:
Drue Heinz Literature Prize
University of Pittsburgh Press
3400 Forbes Avenue
Eureka Building, Fifth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
If you have any questions about these guidelines, please e-mail: