Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award
The University of Georgia Press is proud to be the publisher of the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award series. More than fifty short fiction collections have appeared in the series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Winners are selected through an annual competition. Past winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction include such widely read authors as Ha Jin, Antonya Nelson, Rita Ciresi, and Mary Hood. For news and updates about the competition and past winners, visit the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award on Facebook. Edited by Nancy Zafris, the contest is open for submissions from April 1 to May 31 each year.
- Overview (1–2 pages) and explanation of the scope, focus, and purpose of the book.
- Significant or unique features (e.g., new subject area, distinguished contributors, unique form). Provide information that will help us answer the question, “Why would this book be a valuable contribution to the genre of literary nonfiction?” Please tell us what other books or resources are available on your topic, or on closely related topics, and how your proposed book differs from these.
- At least two sample chapters; complete manuscripts are very welcome.
- If you are proposing a book of unusual size or format, please describe and tell us why you think it's necessary to the project.
- Describe any photographs, illustrations, charts, etc., that will be part of the book.
- Estimated length. (We're looking for manuscripts that range from 40,000 to 100,000 words.)
- Tentative schedule for completion of draft.
- A copy of your current résumé or CV.
- The book’s target audience and relevant demographics. Who needs this book? Readers interested in a topic? A certain sub-genre of nonfiction? Other writers? Students? If students, in which kinds of classes, at what level?
- The book’s selling points: What might motivate someone to purchase the book? What will readers gain, so to speak?
- Positioning your book in the market: What books on the same subject are currently in print? How is your book different from them?
Dates for submission:
Manuscripts may be submitted between 9:00 a.m. on October 1 and 5:00 p.m. on
November 30. Winners will be announced by the end of February.
Contest queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The press will not accept phone calls regarding The Georgia Poetry Prize. If you encounter any technical difficulties while using the submissions manager, don't hesitate to contact our submission manager support: email@example.com and/or phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2. The $25 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal.
Selection process: Each of three preliminary judges reads approximately one-third of the manuscripts submitted to the competition. The preliminary judges select five finalists each; the pool of finalist manuscripts is read by an annually designated chief judge, who makes the final selection of one winning manuscript and a runner-up. Authors of winning manuscripts receive a cash award of $1,000, and their collections are subsequently published by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. Winners have ten days to accept the award and ten days to sign the contract following receipt.
Eligibility: The competition is open to writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Previous winners of this award are not eligible to win again. Writers must be residents of North America.
1. Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 pages of original poetry. No more than one poem should appear on a page.
- Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.
- Please include a table of contents.
- Please use a standard, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman in twelve-point size.
- Poems included in the submission may have appeared previously in magazines or anthologies but may not have been previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work.
- Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
- Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for The Georgia Poetry Prize competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the submissions manager website. Entry fees are not refundable.
Blind review: The intent of this contest is that manuscripts will be considered on the merits of the poetry and that judges will not be aware of the names or publication records of the authors.
- Please do not include your name on the pages of the manuscript—only in the form boxes of the electronic submission manager. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.
- Please do not include a list of acknowledgments crediting where poems have been published.
- Judges who recognize work will recuse themselves, and the submission will be reassigned to a different judge.
Confirmation of receipt and notification: You should receive an e-mail confirmation immediately after submission. An announcement of winners and finalists will be sent to all entrants via e-mail by the end of February.
Statement of Integrity: The University of Georgia is thoroughly committed to academic integrity in all of its endeavors, and the University of Georgia Press adheres to all University of Georgia policies and procedures. To help ensure the integrity of the competition, manuscripts are judged through a blind review process. Judges in The Georgia Poetry Prize competition are instructed to avoid conflicts of interest of all kinds.