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Book Contests

Etchings Press 2020 Book Prizes

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes submissions for its annual contests: a chapbook of poetry, a chapbook of prose, and a novella.

The deadline for all contests is Monday, February 3, 2020.

Please submit through Submittable between September 1st and January 20th.

UIndy graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted manuscripts and choose a winner in each category. The students will then edit, design, publish, and promote the chapbooks and the novella.

Students are interested in editing and publishing authors in our region. The students are using the 370 miles between Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville, Georgia, and William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi, as the relative mileage for regional literature. Using UIndy’s campus on the southside of Indianapolis as a starting point, that distance makes a circle which includes all of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, most of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri, and parts of Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and even Ontario. To see if you’re eligible for submission, please see the circle on this map.

Each year, students will judge and publish one chapbook in poetry, one chapbook in prose, and one novella. Mixed genre and multiple author manuscripts are welcome. All topics/themes are welcome.

 

Past Winners

Support past winners and purchase their books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound.

2019

Cover image of As Lovers Always Do

As Lovers Always Do
by Marne Wilson (poetry)

Cover image of Savonne Not Vonny

Savonne, Not Vonny
by Robin Lee Lovelace (novella)

2018

Cover image of In the Herald of Improbable Misfortunes

In The Herald of Improbable Misfortunes
by Robert Campbell (poetry)

Cover image of the forsaken...: a collection of stories

the forsaken…
by Chad V. Broughman (prose)

Cover image of Edge of the Known Bus Line

Edge of the Known Bus Line
by James R. Gapinski (novella)

2017

Cover image of Uncle Harold's Maxwell House Haggadah

Uncle Harold’s Maxwell House Haggadah
by Danny Caine (poetry)

Cover image of Unravelings

Unravelings
by Sarah Cheshire (prose)

2016

Cover image of Some Animals

Some Animals
by Kelli Allen (poetry)

Cover image of #lovesong

#lovesong
by Chelsea Biondolillo (mixed media)

Cover image of Pathetic

Pathetic
by Shannon McLeod (prose)

Cover Image of followers

Followers
by Adam Fleming Petty (novella)

2015

Cover image of Ologies

Ologies
by Chelsea Biondolillo (prose)

Cover image of Velocity of Slugs

Velocity of Slugs
by Joey Connelly (poetry)

2014

Cover image of static: stories

Static: Stories
by Frederick Pelzer (prose)

Cover Image of Action at a Distance

Action at a Distance
by Christopher Petruccelli (poetry)

Chapbook Guidelines

Chapbook submissions of 15-40 pages in poetry or prose will be considered. Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible, as are mixed-genre works. The chapbook winners in poetry and in prose will receive a $200 honorarium and 15 copies of the published chapbook.

  1. The manuscripts or authors must have a connection to the geographic area shown on the map.
  2. Manuscripts should be 15 to 40 pages in length (up to 10,000 words in prose).
  3. Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible. Mixed-genre works are also eligible.
  4. For prose, a single piece or multiple pieces can be submitted (multiple flash pieces, thematically connected pieces, etc.).
  5. Please submit chapbook manuscripts in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction using the Submittable content submissions manager for Etchings. You will be prompted to create a free user account that will allow you to submit your manuscript and monitor its status.
  6. Please submit your manuscript as a single file and include a title page (without name) and a table of contents. We ask that your name be removed from the manuscript for blind reading.
  7. Submittable will request a cover letter with a short biographical statement and links to web sites and social media you use to promote your writing.
  8. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose a winner in poetry and in prose to publish. Students will then edit, design, publish, and promote each winning book.
  9. Winners will be notified in March 2020. Chapbooks will be released and available for sale in May 2020.
  10. The reading fee is $8 (payable via submittable.com)
  11. The deadline is January 20, 2020. Please submit through Submittable between September 1st and January 20th.
  12. Alumni and current students of University of Indianapolis and former students of its faculty are not eligible.

Submit your manuscript and additional materials at etchings.submittable.com.

 

Novella Guidelines

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, invites submissions for its fifth annual novella contest. The winner will receive a $400 honorarium and 15 copies of the published novella.

  1. The manuscripts or authors must have a connection to the geographic area shown on this map.
  2. Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible.
  3. Manuscripts should be 10,000-40,000 words.
  4. Please submit novella manuscripts of 10,000-40,000 words using the Submittable content submissions manager for Etchings. You will be prompted to create a free user account that will allow you to submit your manuscript and monitor its status.
  5. Please submit manuscripts as a single file and include a title page (without name). We ask that your name be removed from the manuscript for blind reading.
  6. Submittable will request a cover letter with a short biographical statement and links to web sites and social media you use to promote your writing.
  7. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose a winner. Students will then edit, design, publish, and promote each winning book.
  8. Winners will be notified in March 2020. Novellas will be released and available for sale in May 2020.
  9. The reading fee is $15 (payable via submittable.com)
  10. The deadline is January 20, 2020. Please submit through Submittable between September 1st and January 20th.
  11. Alumni and current students of University of Indianapolis and former students of its faculty are not eligible.

Submit your manuscript and additional materials at etchings.submittable.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin McKelvey at mckelveyk@uindy.edu.