UPDATE to this contest: The $15 fee has been WAIVED for this year -- checks already sent will not be deposited. More submissions are highly desired!
The Drake Emerging Writer Contest is now accepting submissions for the 2014 prize for a published First Novel.
The Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series at Drake University is
now accepting submissions for its fifth annual Drake University Emerging
Writer Award. The faculty and students of Drake University's English
Department select one outstanding first book from among the entries, and
the author receives an honorarium of $1000 plus travel and lodging
expenses to read at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Each year, the award rotates among genres (short fiction, novel,
literary nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative). We are currently
accepting submissions of published first novels for consideration for
the Drake University Emerging Writer Reading, which will be held during
the second week of April 2014. Entries may be submitted by the author or
the publisher, and must include a copy of the book; a cover letter that
includes a brief biography, contact information for the author, and a
statement affirming that this is his/her first book-length fiction
publication; a self-addressed stamped envelope; the $15.00 entry fee has
been waived for this year -- checks already sent will not be deposited.
Entries must be postmarked by September 16, 2013. Materials postmarked
after September 16 will not be considered. Entries will not be returned
and will become the property of the Drake University English Department.
The winner will be notified by February 15, 2014. All entrants will be notified of the results by February 28, 2014.
This year, the award is open to single-author first novels only. Authors
must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend
and participate in the reading at Drake University in April 2014 to
receive the award. The following are ineligible for the awards: 1)
authors who have published more than one novel through independent,
university, or commercial publishers; 2) entries from vanity presses and
self-published books; 3) current students and employees of Drake
Send all materials to:
Drake University Emerging Writer Award
c/o Amy Letter, Writers and Critics Series
English Department, Howard Hall
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
For questions about the award or the series, please e-mail:
amy.letterATdrakeDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)