Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 31, 2015

Tuscany Press Contest


The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction is a literary prize to promote writers and great undiscovered stories of Catholic fiction. What is Catholic fiction? Stories that capture the imagination of the reader and are infused with the presence of God and faith — subtly, symbolically or deliberately. Think of Flannery O’Connor, Graham Greene, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton and many others whose writings reflected the thoughts of the great writer Gerard Manley Hopkins: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

This is the “stuff” of literature that wins the Tuscany Prize. Do you have a manuscript? A Novel? A Young Adult Novel? A short story? Would you like it published? Does your story have themes of faith and struggle, of grace and nature, atonement, courage, redemption and hope? Whether it is fiction, historical fiction, mystery, fantasy or humor, Tuscany Press is open to all genres.

We seek original great stories of unpublished/self-published works of fiction.  Are you the next great writer of Catholic fiction? We invite you to send in your manuscript. 

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Entry Fee: $10.00


Gold – $5,000 – plus publishing contract.
Silver – $2,000 – plus publishing contract.
Bronze – $1,000 – plus publishing contract.

Young Adult Novel

$3,000 – plus publishing contract.

Shorts Stories (10 awards)

1st Place – $1,000; 2nd Place – $350; 3rd Place – $300; 4th Place – 250; 5th Place – $200; Honorable Mention (5 awards) – $100 –

10 winning short stories published together in a book with an editor’s introduction and discussion questions.

Please read our detailed guidelines before you submit your manuscript.

Technical Criteria:

  1. Unpublished/self-published young adult novel
  2. Protagonist must be between the ages of 12-17 years old.
  3. 50,000 words or greater
  4. File Format: MS Word doc or docx
  5. 1 inch margins (top, bottom, left, right), 1 1/2 line spaced, 12 pt font
  6. Title in headings; page numbers in footer
  7. No author identification on manuscript- we blind read submissions


Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I have illustrated and then added historical and religious aspects of the 12 Days of Christmas many people may not be aware of in the story. Would this qualify as an entry?


    • Debbie,

      It sounds like it could, but I don’t work for them and I have never enter. I’d give it a try. What do you have to lose?



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