The 2017 Book Prize Contest is open to submissions January 15 - March 15, 2017.

Prizes

Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

Eligibility

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. However, we will not consider manuscripts that have previously been published, which includes self-publication. Writers may enter both contests. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication somewhere else. No past or present paid employee of Prairie Schooner or the University of Nebraska Press or current faculty or student at the University of Nebraska will be eligible for the prizes.

Fees

A $25.00 reading fee must accompany each submission. Submittable supports multiple currency options. Multiple submissions are welcome, with separate fees.

For more guidelines, please select your genre category below.

You may also visit our website here: http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/book-prize for more info.

For additional questions not answered within the guidelines, e-mail Katie Schmid, Book Prize Coordinator, at psbookprize@unl.edu. Please note we may not be able to respond to questions already addressed within the guidelines.


Contest Code of Ethics

Prairie Schooner, as a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, subscribes to this code of ethics for our annual book series competition: CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines -- defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Thank you for submitting to the Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series!


Assembling Your Manuscript:
The fiction prize is for a short story collection, and manuscripts should be at least 150 pages long. Novels are not considered; one novella along with short stories will be considered as a collection, but single novellas or a collection of novellas are not eligible. 

While we encourage the inclusion of individual pieces published in journals or anthologies, we cannot allow pieces that have appeared in previously published collections just as we cannot re-publish previously published collections as a whole, including self-published books.


Formatting Your Manuscript:
Use a fairly standard serif font such as Times New Roman, Cambria, or Garamond, sized at 12 pt, with one inch margins. This not only ensures readability but prevents many file compatibility issues.

If you'd like to include an acknowledgements page citing previous publication details for included work, you may place it just after the title page or at the very end of the manuscript.

Please do not list your name or contact information anywhere in your manuscript. This includes the file name as well as page headers and footers.



Tips for Uploading:
Double-check you're submitting a fiction manuscript! If you're looking to submit a poetry manuscript, you can do that here.

If you experience problems uploading, please try again with another browser. We find Google Chrome usually works well for this.

If you have other questions, you may direct them to Katie at PSBookPrize@unl.edu.


$25.00

Thank you for submitting to the Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series!


Assembling Your Manuscript:
The poetry prize is for a collection of poems, and manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long.

While we encourage the inclusion of individual pieces published in journals or anthologies, we cannot allow pieces that have appeared in previously published collections just as we cannot re-publish previously published collections as a whole, including self-published books.


Formatting Your Manuscript:
Use a fairly standard serif font such as Times New Roman, Cambria, or Garamond, sized at 12 pt, with one inch margins. This not only ensures readability but prevents many file compatibility issues.

If you'd like to include an acknowledgements page citing previous publication details for included work, you may place it just after the title page or at the very end of the manuscript.

Please do not list your name or contact information anywhere in your manuscript. This includes the file name as well as page headers and footers.


Tips for Uploading:
Double-check you're submitting a poetry manuscript! If you're looking to submit a fiction manuscript, you can do that here.

If you experience problems uploading, please try again with another browser. We find Google Chrome usually works well for this.

If you have other questions, you may direct them to Katie at PSBookPrize@unl.edu.