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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Greywolf Press Non-fiction Prize

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Deadline: February 1, 2020  

A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre.

The 2020 prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress. We request that authors send a long sample from their manuscript, as well as a description of the work, as detailed below. We expect that we will work with the winner of the prize and provide editorial guidance toward the completion of the project.

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction. We are less interested in straightforward memoirs, and we turn down a large number of them every year. Before submitting your manuscript for the prize, please look at the books previously published as winners of the prize for examples of the type of work that we are seeking.

The 2020 Prize will be judged by the Graywolf Press editors. The editors reserve the right to invite submissions to the prize.

 Required materials: All required materials should be included as the initial pages of your manuscript file. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Please submit the following items:

• A one-page cover letter containing a one-paragraph biographical statement and brief (2-4 sentence)  description of the project. Please include any previous publications in  the biographical statement.

• A two to ten-page overview of the project, including a description of what is already complete and what work remains to be finished.

• A minimum of 100 pages (25,000 words) from the manuscript.

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