The Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction

Each year from December 1 - April 1 we accept submissions of full-length poetry (50-100 pp.) and fiction (30,000 word minimum) manuscripts for The Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction, judged by different prominent writers each year in an anonymous judging process. The winning entry in each genre will be awarded publication and a $1,500 cash prize, in addition to a standard royalties contract. Finalists will be selected by the editorial staff at Orison Books, and the winners will be selected from among the finalist manuscripts by the judges. In the event that a judge in either genre does not select a winner from among the finalists, the Editor will select a winner. The editors also reserve the right to select no finalists, in which case all entry fees will be refunded to the entrants. All finalist manuscripts will be considered for publication under a standard royalties contract.

    2021 judges

    Poetry: Jericho Brown

    Fiction: Debra Spark

    2021 Orison Fiction Prize Fee: usd $25.00

    Open

    Closes on Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (in 70 days)

    • Original English work only; no translations.
    • Do not include your name anywhere in your manuscript file or file name, but only in your Duosuma cover letter.
    • Individual poems and stories or excerpts may have been previously published in periodicals and/or chapbooks, but the manuscript as a whole must not have been published in book form, whether digital or in print. Self-published manuscripts are considered previously published and are not eligible.
    • Please include any publication acknowledgments in your cover letter, listing any periodicals where individual pieces from your manuscript first appeared. Acknowledgments should not appear in the manuscript file.
    • Poetry manuscripts must be 50-100 pages of poems (each poem beginning on a new page). Fiction manuscripts must have a minimum word count of 30,000.
    • Fiction manuscripts may consist of short stories, a novel, a novella, flash/micro fiction, or any combination of forms, as long as the manuscript meets the 30,000 word minimum.
    • Existing Orison Books authors are not eligible for The Orison Prizes.
    • Simultaneous submissions are accepted; please notify us immediately should a manuscript be accepted for publication elsewhere.
    • Multiple manuscripts may be submitted; each manuscript must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
    • Orison Books is committed to running ethical and transparent contests. Current or former students of the judge or the lead genre editor(s), or anyone with a close personal relationship with that judge or lead editor(s), are not eligible to submit in the category in question. Judges also never see author names until after they have made their selections.
    • Orison Books undertakes never to extend contest deadlines, except in the case of technical problems or other events that would prevent submitters from entering the contest by the original deadline.
    • Entry Fee: $25.
    • We only accept electronic submissions, which must be sent through our Duosuma page.

    2021 Orison Poetry Prize Fee: usd $25.00

    Open

    Closes on Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (in 70 days)

    • Original English work only; no translations.
    • Do not include your name anywhere in your manuscript file or file name, but only in your Duosuma cover letter.
    • Individual poems and stories or excerpts may have been previously published in periodicals and/or chapbooks, but the manuscript as a whole must not have been published in book form, whether digital or in print. Self-published manuscripts are considered previously published and are not eligible.
    • Please include any publication acknowledgments in your cover letter, listing any periodicals where individual pieces from your manuscript first appeared. Acknowledgments should not appear in the manuscript file.
    • Poetry manuscripts must be 50-100 pages of poems (each poem beginning on a new page). Fiction manuscripts must have a minimum word count of 30,000.
    • Fiction manuscripts may consist of short stories, a novel, a novella, flash/micro fiction, or any combination of forms, as long as the manuscript meets the 30,000 word minimum.
    • Existing Orison Books authors are not eligible for The Orison Prizes.
    • Simultaneous submissions are accepted; please notify us immediately should a manuscript be accepted for publication elsewhere.
    • Multiple manuscripts may be submitted; each manuscript must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
    • Orison Books is committed to running ethical and transparent contests. Current or former students of the judge or the lead genre editor(s), or anyone with a close personal relationship with that judge or lead editor(s), are not eligible to submit in the category in question. Judges also never see author names until after they have made their selections.
    • Orison Books undertakes never to extend contest deadlines, except in the case of technical problems or other events that would prevent submitters from entering the contest by the original deadline.
    • Entry Fee: $25.
    • We only accept electronic submissions, which must be sent through our Duosuma page.

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