Drue Heinz Literature Prize 2021 for Writers by University of Pittsburgh Press [Prizes Upto Rs. 11L]: Apply by June 30


Applications are now invited for the University of Pittsburgh Press Drue Heinz Literature Prize 2021. The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world.

The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.


Winners receive:

  • A cash prize of $15,000,
  • Publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Support in the nation-wide promotion of their book.
Eligibility Criteria
  1. The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.
  2. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States.
  3. Translations are not eligible if the translation was not done by the author.
  4. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories.
  5. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 300 pages. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic) makes it ineligible.
  6. Stories or novellas previously published in magazines or journals or in book form as part of an anthology are eligible.
  7. Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere and you wish to accept this offer, please notify the Press immediately. Manuscripts under contract elsewhere are no longer eligible for the Prize.
  8. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript.
How to Apply?
  • Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here.
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced and pages must be numbered consecutively.
  • Each submission must include a list of all of the writer’s published short fiction work, with full citations. You will be given an opportunity to enter this information into a field in Submittable.
  • Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Therefore, the author’s name, other identifying information, and publication information must not appear within the manuscript.
  • Only your uploaded manuscript is visible to the judges.
  • The last date to submit your manuscript is June 30, 2020.

Email ID: eomalley@upress.pitt.edu

For further details, click here.



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