The Rising Writer Contest is for a first full-length book of poetry by an author 33 years old or younger. Autumn House believes in supporting the work of younger, less-established writers who will become the voices of an emerging generation.

For the 2020 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Yona Harvey. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $1,000. The submission period opens November 1, 2019, and closes January 31, 2020 (Eastern Time).

  • Must be the author’s first full-length poetry collection (previous publications of chapbooks are fine).
  • Authors must be 33 years old or younger in this calendar year
  • The winners will receive book publication, $500 advance against royalties, and a $500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book
  • All finalists will be considered for publication
  • Nonfiction submissions should be approximately 50-80 pages
  • The reading fee for the Rising Writer Contest is $25
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS
  • Include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
  • Feel free to include a TOC and acknowledgments page
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted


For the 2020 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Ilya Kaminsky. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2020, and closes June 30, 2020 (Eastern Time).

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book
  • All finalists will be considered for publication
  • Nonfiction submissions should be approximately 50-80 pages
  • The reading fee for the Poetry Contest is $30
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS
  • Include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
  • Feel free to include a TOC and acknowledgments page
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted

 For the 2020 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Jaquira Díaz. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2020, and closes June 30, 2020 (Eastern Time).

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book
  • All finalists will be considered for publication
  • Nonfiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 double-spaced pages (50,000-75,000 words)
  • The reading fee for the Nonfiction Contest is $30
  • All nonfiction subjects (including personal essays, memoirs, travel writing, historical narratives, nature writing) or any combination of subjects are eligible
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS
  • Include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
  • Feel free to include a TOC and acknowledgments page
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted

 For the 2020 contest, the Autumn House staff serves as the preliminary readers, and the final judge is Dan Chaon. The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2020, and closes June 30, 2020 (Eastern Time).

  • The winners will receive book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book.
  • All finalists will be considered for publication
  • Fiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 double-spaced pages (50,000-75,000 words)
  • The reading fee for the Fiction Contest is $30
  • All fiction sub-genres (short stories, short-shorts, novellas, or novels) or any combination of sub-genres are eligible
  • Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS
  • Include a brief bio in the “cover letter” section of Submittable
  • Feel free to include a TOC and acknowledgments page
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted
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