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The Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction, open to both new and established writers, is awarded for a book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction originally written in English.

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Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Nonfiction Closed

Open to a broad Audience.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Open to all/most Topics, including: History (Biographies), Memoir.
TypeLength Details
Nonfiction Collection Nonfiction Collection40,000 - 90,000 words.
Book Book40,000 - 90,000 words.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary advance + Unknown royalties No monetary advance. Unknown royalties.
OK No No OK UnknownText format submissions
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Last Updated: 18 May 2021
Date Added: 17 Aug 2015

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