The Fiction Collective 2 (FC2) Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to writers of, from, or in the US writing in English who have not previously published with FC2. Submissions may include a collection of short  stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published or self-published novels and collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, employees and Board members of FC2, as well as  former or current students or close friends of the final judge, are not eligible to enter.

FC2 remains dedicated to recruiting new and diverse makers of the images of tomorrow and to forging an ever more representative and provocative collective to challenge and overwrite the brutal conventions of our insufficient now. We particularly encourage submissions from writers who dismantle assumed points of view and dominant narratives.


PRIZE

The Prize includes $1,500 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable  manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize. 

JUDGES

Finalists for the Sukenick Contest will be chosen by the FC2 Board of Directors. The winning manuscript will be chosen from the finalists by our final judge, Vi Khi Nao. Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2’s mission to publish fiction considered by America’s largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu, including works of high quality and exceptional ambition whose styles, subject matter, or forms push the limits of American publishing and reshape our literary culture. For more information on FC2’s mission,  history, aesthetic commitments, authors, events, and books, please visit our About page.

DEADLINES
Contest entries will be accepted August 15th through November 1st. All entries must be submitted by the end of the day (11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) on November 1st, 2020. The winner will be announced in May 2021.

GUIDELINES

1. Submit a previously unpublished manuscript of any length through our online submissions manager. Electronic submissions only.

2. The manuscript must be anonymous. The author’s name  or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The title page should contain the title of the manuscript only. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document  or PDF.

3. Please include a cover letter, including a brief biography and your name and contact information, in the space allotted on the submission form.

4. Include a $25 submission fee. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is submitted separately and accompanied by a $25 submission fee. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if the  manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

The Fiction Collective 2 (FC2) Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize is open  to writers of, from, or in the US writing in English with at least three  books of fiction published. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines  or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published or self-published novels and collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, FC2 authors and employees of FC2, as well as former or current students or close friends of the final judge, are not  eligible to enter.

FC2 remains dedicated to recruiting new and diverse makers of the images of tomorrow and to forging an ever more representative and provocative collective to challenge and overwrite the brutal conventions of our insufficient now. We particularly encourage submissions from writers who dismantle assumed points of view and dominant narratives. 

PRIZE

The Prize includes $15,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the  right not to award a prize.

JUDGES

Finalists for the Doctorow Prize will be chosen by the FC2 Board of  Directors. The winning manuscript will be chosen from the finalists by our final judge, Joyelle McSweeney. Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2’s mission to publish fiction considered by America’s largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu, including works of high quality and exceptional ambition whose styles,  subject matter, or forms push the limits of American publishing and  reshape our literary culture. For more information on FC2’s mission,  history, and aesthetic commitments, please visit our About page.

DEADLINES
Contest entries will be accepted August 15th through November 1st. All entries must be submitted by the end of the day (11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) on November 1st, 2020. The winner will be announced in May 2021.

GUIDELINES
1) Submit a previously unpublished manuscript of any length through our electronic submissions manager. Electronic submissions only.

2) The manuscript must be anonymous. The author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The title page should contain the title of the manuscript only. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document or PDF.

3) Please include a cover letter/biography with your name, contact information, and a list of three previously published books of fiction with ISBN’s and publishers in the space allotted on the submission form.

4) Include a $25 submission fee. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is submitted separately and accompanied by a $25 submission fee. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

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