Howling Bird Press, the publishing house of Augsburg University’s MFA in Creative Writing, offers an annual prize that results in book publication. As a teaching press, we are staffed by graduate students enrolled in the Publishing Concentration of our MFA program and undergraduate students from Augsburg University. Our prize alternates genres annually, from poetry to fiction to nonfiction. 

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From April 2 through August 31, 2024, we are accepting submissions in fiction. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors. The competition is open to all writers in English living in the U.S., whether previously published or not. Manuscript length should be between 20,000 and 60,000 words. Novellas,  novels, or short story collections will be considered. File formats should be either Word .doc or .docx. Pages should be numbered; include author's name and address within the manuscript.
Include a cover letter in the form provided online, and list full address and contact information and a short (100 to 200 word) bio. There is a $25 entry fee. Current and former students of Augsburg's MFA in Creative Writing are ineligible, as are current faculty and staff of Augsburg University. Submitters must be the original author, not an agent of/for the author. The winner is announced in January or February 2025. The winner receives $2,500 and book publication in fall 2025.

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