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Creative Nonfiction Book Award

Prize: $1,000 and Publication (Deadline: April 1, 2019)


• One copy of your manuscript of 120-300 pages.

• An acknowledgments page may be included.

• $25.00 reading fee made payable to Zone 3 Press.*

*Reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Zone 3.


• Submissions to the 2019 Creative Nonfiction Book Award will open January 1, 2019.

• Please include one title page with the title only (no personal identification) in your document.

• Click here to complete the submission manager form.

• In the genre field, scroll down to choose "Creative Nonfiction Book Award," and upload your manuscript. 

• You will be directed to another webpage for secure payment.

• Please upload by April 1, 2019.

Eligibility and Additional Considerations

•The competition is open to all authors writing original works in English. Manuscripts that embrace creative nonfiction’s potential by combining lyric exposition, researched reflection, travel dialogues, or creative criticism are encouraged. Memoir, personal narrative, essay collections, and literary nonfiction are also invited.

• The final judge will be announced.

• In order to ensure the integrity of this award, current and former students and faculty of APSU are not eligible to enter. In addition, Zone 3 Press will not accept manuscripts from contestants who have previously studied with or have a personal relationship with the announced judge. 

• The winner will be notified by e-mail or telephone.

• The judge may choose no winner if she finds no manuscript that, in her estimation, merits publication and the award.

• Questions should be addressed to Amy Wright or Susan Wallace.

We subscribe to CLMP's Contest Code of Ethics:
“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

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