The Siskiyou Prize is open to published books and unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts with environmental themes, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.
Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).
All submissions must be made online via Submittable and must include the following:
- a cover letter with author’s full contact information, including name, address, phone number, and email address; if the manuscript is a collection of stories or essays, please include acknowledgments in the cover letter
- the full manuscript, including a table of contents, if applicable
- a nonrefundable $25 reading fee
A Few More Details…
- Multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted separately and accompanied by the $25 reading fee.
- The $25 reading fee is nonrefundable, and we are unable to accept changes or additions once manuscripts are submitted.
- Because our goal is to celebrate and promote all new environmental literature, both published and unpublished books are eligible for The Siskiyou Prize.
- We require electronic submissions via Submittable for unpublished manuscripts. We strongly prefer electronic submissions via Submittable for published books as well (please send the final version of the book as a PDF). If you must submit a hard copy of the book, however, please use Submittable to pay the fee and include a cover letter letting us know the book will arrive via U.S. mail (Ashland Creek Press, Attn: Siskiyou Prize, 2305 Ashland Street, Suite C417, Ashland, OR 97520). Please note that authors/publishers may be asked to submit a second hard copy if their books are chosen as finalists.
This year's judge is Deb Olin Unferth, the author of six books, most recently the novel Barn 8. Deb has written about industry farming in both fiction and nonfiction, and her essays and stories have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, The Paris Review, Granta, Vice, and McSweeney’s. She has received a Guggenheim fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin, she also is the director of the Pen City Writers, a creative-writing program at a south Texas penitentiary.
The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a two-week residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. All unpublished manuscripts entered in the prize will be considered for publication by Ashland Creek Press.
Please visit The Siskiyou Prize website for additional details and FAQs.
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