Quill Prose Award 3

A project of Red Hen Press (see other related projects)

About

Queer literature is often found in the side stacks, in the back of the bookstore, under “Gay and Lesbian.” These authors are put into a genre that barely fits them, excluded from mainstream funding, and alienated by submission questionnaires and prying questions about identity and the underlying, “What are you?” The contradiction is that though labels can be alienating, they can also be empowering and community building. Red Hen Press seeks to work against the negative politics of labeling while honoring and empowering authors who identify as queer.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions.
Important: Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to those identifying as queer.
Want more insight into the affiliated editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s) of Red Hen Press.

Country of Publication

United States

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Novella Novella37,500 - 40,000 words.
Story Collection Story CollectionMore than 37,500 words.
Novel NovelNo specific word count limits known (our definition: more than 40000 words).
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + Unknown royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). Unknown royalties.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
OK No No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Temp Closed

Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Nonfiction Collection Nonfiction CollectionMore than 37,500 words.
Book BookMore than 37,500 words.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + Unknown royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). Unknown royalties.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
OK No No OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Quill Prose Award Submission Statistics

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Red Hen Press Charges fees for all submissions
Red Hen Press Fiction Award Charges fees for all submissions
Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award Charges fees for all submissions
Red Hen Press Novella Award Charges fees for all submissions
Red Hen Press Poetry Award DNQ Charges fees for all submissions
Red Hen Press Short Story Award DNQ Charges fees for all submissions
Red Hen Press Women's Prose Prize Charges fees for all submissions
Wild Light Poetry Contest DNQ Charges fees for all submissions

Dates

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2019
Last Checked: 15 Oct 2019 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 30 Apr 2019 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 30 Apr 2019

Before Submitting

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