Howling Bird Press, the publishing house of Augsburg College’s MFA in Creative Writing, seeks submissions for its 2017 Book Prize in Nonfiction. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors.

The competition is open to all writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, which serves as an advance, with book subsequently published by Howling Bird Press under a standard book contract.

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Howling Bird Press, the publishing house of Augsburg College’s MFA in Creative Writing, seeks submissions for its 2017 Book Prize in Nonfiction. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors.

The competition is open to all writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, which serves as an advance, with book subsequently published by Howling Bird Press under a standard book contract.

Contest Guidelines

  • Submission period: April 15–June 30, 2016
  • Online submission, including $25 entry fee, should be made through Submittable (this page).
  • MFA faculty and publishing students will serve as judges
  • Winner will be announced no later than January 2017
  • Manuscripts should be between 15,000 and 40,000 words long.
  • The book should be a single work of long-form nonfiction, or, if a collection of essays, unified in theme.
  • Portions of the book may be previously published. If a single work of long-form nonfiction, the book must be previously unpublished.
  • Manuscript pages must be numbered. 
  • Table of contents should be included (if applicable).
  • Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
  • Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for the Howling Bird Press competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the Submittable manager website. Entry fees are not refundable.
  • See full submission guidelines at Augsburg College MFA website