The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize
Presented by the Feminist Press and TAYO Literary Magazine
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About The Prize
In 1970, Louise Meriwether published her novel of life in the post–Harlem Renaissance era, Daddy Was a Number Runner. Nearly fifty years later it is still considered a classic. In order to celebrate Meriwether’s achievements and continue her legacy, the Feminist Press and TAYO Literary Magazine are launching a contest that seeks the best debut books by women and nonbinary writers of color.
The Prize is open to
· women and nonbinary writers of color (or those who self-identify as other than white);
· residents of the fifty United States associated territories and possessions;
· individuals 18 years of age or older at time of entry;
· and writers who have not had a book published or have a book under contract at the time of submission.
Submit a complete manuscript, either fiction, including novels and short story collections, or narrative memoir, of 50,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press!
Contest entries will be accepted between June 2, 2016 and July 31, 2016.
The top submissions will be reviewed by acclaimed authors Tayari Jones and Ana Castillo, along with Feminist Press publisher and executive director Jennifer Baumgardner and TAYO Literary Magazine editor-in-chief Melissa Sipin.
The winner will be announced in February 2017 for publication in spring 2018.
More information is available at our website.