Sarabande Books is a nonprofit literary press founded in March 1994, in Louisville, Kentucky. Our focus is on poetry, short fiction, and essay, genres that in the recent past have received less than generous attention from the mainstream publishing industry. In an effort to mediate that imbalance and to nurture good writing, Sarabande Books works to provide talented authors with a final product and visibility, in short, a real “home” for their work. For more information about the press, visit: www.sarabandebooks.org.
Ends on February 15, 2017$ 29.00
$ 29.00

The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, novellas, or a short novel, and a standard royalty contract. Our contest begins January 1 and ends February 15. 


Eligibility:

This contest is open to any writer of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. All manuscripts are required to be a minimum of 150 pages and are not to exceed 250 pages. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible to enter a contest in the genre for which their friend or teacher is serving as judge.


Manuscript Requirements:
  • Manuscript must be ANONYMOUS—the author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (title page should contain the title only)
  • Between 150-250 pages
  • Manuscript should be paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements page (a list of publications in which stories or sections of the manuscript have appeared).

Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. Winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but please notify us immediately if manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 

A winner will be selected in early September, and all entrants will be notified of the winners and finalists shortly afterward. Sarabande Books considers all finalists for publication.
Ends on February 15, 2017$ 29.00
$ 29.00

The Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of poetry, and a standard royalty contract. Our contest begins January 1 and ends February 15.


Eligibility:

This contest is open to any writer of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously self-published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible to enter a contest in the genre for which their friend or teacher is serving as judge.


Manuscript Requirements:
  • Manuscript must be ANONYMOUS—the author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript (title page should contain the title only).
  • Minimum length 48 pages
  • Manuscript must be paginated consecutively with a table of contents and acknowledgements page (a list of publications in which poems in the manuscript have appeared).

Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. Winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but please notify us immediately if manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 

A winner will be selected in early September, and all entrants will be notified of the winners and finalists shortly afterward. Sarabande Books considers all finalists for publication.