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Annual Submissions Opportunities

January 1 - February 15: The Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction

January 1 - February 15: The Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry

July 1 - 31: Open Reading Period for Works in Translation 

July 1 - 31: Open Reading Period for Literary Nonfiction

July 1 - 31: Open Reading Period for The Sarabande Series in Kentucky Literature


Please submit your work to the appropriate category. If you are submitting a hybrid manuscript, please select the submission category that best fits your work.

$29.00

The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a full-length collection of poetry, and a standard royalty contract. Kathryn A. Morton was a published author and devotee of fine literature, especially poetry. 

The judge for the 2023 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry is Ilya Kaminsky

ELIGIBILITY

This contest is open to any poet writing in English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books 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previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.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 published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or current students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible.

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)
  • Must be typed, standard font, 12 pt., if printed must be on standard white printer paper, unbound (binder clip or rubber bands preferred)
  • 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)
  • Must be accompanied by a $29 submission fee

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 withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere. 

A winner will be selected in July, and all entrants will be notified shortly afterward. Sarabande Books considers all finalists for publication. Be the first to learn about our open reading periods and deadline extensions by signing up for our newsletter!

$29.00

The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of the winning manuscript, and a standard royalty contract. 

The judge for the 2023 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction is Manuel Muñoz

ELIGIBILITY

This contest is open to any short fiction writer of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books are not eligible. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or current students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible.

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)
  • Must be typed, standard font, 12 pt., double-spaced; if printed must be on standard white printer paper, unbound (binder clip or rubber bands preferred)
  • 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).
  • Must be accompanied by a $29 submission fee

Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. Once submitted, electronic manuscripts can only be edited within a week of submitting, but do note that any publications resulting from this contest will undergo a full editorial and copyedit. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but please withdraw your manuscript if accepted elsewhere.

A winner will be selected in July, and all entrants will be notified shortly afterward. Sarabande Books considers all finalists for publication. Be the first to learn about our open reading periods and deadline extensions by signing up for our newsletter!

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