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Dzanc Books Novel Contest for Mid-Career Writers 0

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In an effort to further support writers in mid-career, Dzanc Books announces the launch of our Dzanc Novel Contest designed to advance the publishing career of an established author. While at times it seems the publishing industry is only interested in the next big thing, we at Dzanc recognize the value of experienced writers who have gone through the process of creating and publishing two or more books. Mid-career writers are the backbone of our industry yet often these writers are overlooked and have a harder time finding a publisher than first time writers. In response, we at Dzanc have created this prize to honor those writers who have stayed the course and learned a thing or three over the years.

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Country of Publication

United States



Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Fiction On Hiatus

General General
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
TypeLength Details
Novel NovelNo specific word count limits known (our definition: more than 40000 words).
Winner's Prize:
We do not list prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999) + No royalties Semi-pro advance (US$200-1999). No royalties.
OK OK No Unknown NoText format submissions
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Last Updated:
22 Oct 2013
Date Added:
22 Jan 2012

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