EastOver Prize for Fiction
The EastOver Prize is awarded annually to outstanding, unpublished short story collection(s) by established and emerging writers.
Award: One winner and multiple finalists may be declared at the conclusion of the contest. The winner of this contest will be awarded $2500 and be published by EastOver Press.
All prizes will be awarded upon successful completion of a contract for publication. Finalists in the contest may also be considered for publication by the Press.
Reading fee: A reading fee of $20 must be paid for each entry. Reading fees are nonrefundable.
The contest runs from Feb 4 to May 1, 2021. The editors reserve the right to close the contest early if the number of submissions exceeds our ability to respond to each submission in a timely manner. Entries can be made on our Submittable page. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 125 and no more than 250 pages.
Announcement of winner(s): The winner(s), along with a list of finalists will be announced no later than Sept 1, 2021.
Judging: The editors of EastOver Press will be the judges for the competition. Friends, family members, former students, and anyone well-acquainted with the judges are not eligible for consideration.
Eligibility: The competition is open to manuscripts written in the English language from writers 18 and older who live in the United States or one of its territories.
Ineligibility: Previously published story collections, including self-published collections available in print or as an ebook, are not eligible for this contest.
EastOver Prize for Nonfiction
The EastOver Prize for Essays (and other Nonfiction) is open to a wide variety of book length non-fiction manuscripts by established and emerging writers.
We are especially interested in collections of literary essays, but will consider memoirs, mixed genre works, works combining essays and original visual art, speculative non-fiction, and other hybrid works.
The winner(s) of this contest will be offered publication with EastOver Press. Publication will include $2500 at the time of contract signing as well as other customary arrangements regarding book copies, royalties and so forth to be agreed at the time of contract signing. Finalists may also be considered for publication by the Press.
The editors of EastOver Press will be the judges for the 2021 competition. Close friends, family members, former students, and persons well-acquainted with the judges are not eligible for consideration. The contest is limited to works in English by writers over 18 years of age. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 125 and no more than 250 pages. The editors reserve the right to close the contest early if the number of submissions exceeds our ability to respond to each submission in a timely manner.
The contest will open via Submittable from February 4 until May 1, 2021, and the contest winner(s) and/or finalists will be announced no later than Sept 1, 2021. A nonrefundable $20 fee is required for entry. Previously published collections are ineligible, though we expect that most submissions will have individual sections that were previously published. Manuscripts may be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us immediately. Manuscripts under contract elsewhere are ineligible.