Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 9, 2015

Contest: Call for Submissions


2016 Howling Bird Press Fiction Award
$1,000 award, plus publication of book and 25 copies

Howling Bird Press, the publishing house of Augsburg College’s MFA in Creative Writing, seeks submissions for its 2016 Fiction Award. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors. Manuscripts may be a short novel, a novella, or a collection of short stories (which may also include a novella). Word count: 40,000–60,000.

The competition is open to all writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, which serves as an advance, with book subsequently published by Howling Bird Press under a standard book contract.

Contest Guidelines

•Submission period: April 1–June 30, 2015
•Online submission, including $25 entry fee, should be made through:
•MFA fiction faculty and publishing students will serve as judges
•Winner will be announced November 1, 2015

Manuscript Guidelines

•Manuscripts may be a collection of short stories or a short novel. The collection of short stories may include a novella.
•Manuscripts should be 40,000–60,000 words.
•Stories previously published in literary magazines or anthologies may be included in a submitted manuscript. However, previously published short novels or novellas may not be submitted.
•Manuscript pages must be numbered.
•Table of contents should be included (if applicable).
•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 Howling Bird Press competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the Submittable manager website. Entry fees are not refundable

Blind-Review Process

The intent of this contest is that manuscripts will be considered on the merits of the fiction and that judges will be unaware of the names or publication records of the contestants.
•Please DO NOT include your name on the pages of the manuscript—only in the form boxes of the manager.
•The first page of the manuscript should include only the title of the collection.
•For short stories, acknowledgement(s) of prior publication is permissible.
•Judges who recognize specific works will recuse themselves from those titles; submissions will be reassigned to other judges.

Submission Confirmation and Contestant Notification: You should receive an e-mail confirmation immediately after submission. An announcement about the winner will be sent to all entrants via e-mail by November 15, 2015.

Winning-Author Notification: The winning author has ten days to accept the award and ten days to sign the contract once it is received. As detailed in the contract, the book’s production and marketing will be undertaken by students in the MFA’s publishing concentration and supervised by publishing faculty.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. thank you


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