WILLOW BOOKS LITERATURE AWARDS
Prose Grand Prize: $1,000, book contract,
and sponsored reading
Poetry Grand Prize: $1,000, book contract,
and sponsored reading
The Willow Books Literature Awards
recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers of color.
The 2016 Grand Prize Winners are
Sahar Mustafah for Prose and Gustavo Adolfo Aybar for Poetry.
No winners were selected for 2017.
The postmark deadline for entry forms is
December 15, 2017. A shortlist will be announced on February 5, 2018. Four
Finalists will be announced on February 15, 2018. The Grand Prize winners will
be announced April 4, 2018.
A. Prose and Poetry categories will have two final judges,
selected by Willow Books.
B. Aquarius Press/Willow Books will announce a Shortlist on
February 5, 2018, and four Finalists on or before February 15, 2018. Between
February 15, 2018 and April 4, 2018, short videos of Finalist excerpts will be
broadcast by Willow Books.
C. One Grand Prize Winner in Prose will receive $1,000, a standard
book publishing contract, and a sponsored reading at a location TBA. One Grand
Prize Winner in Poetry will receive $1,000, a standard book publishing
contract, and a sponsored reading at a location TBA.
Style, subject, and length requirements:
1. Style and subject open. Manuscripts
should be paginated and formatted in Adobe Garamond 11 pt. or Palatino Linotype
10 pt. Please do not include
any identifying information such as name, address, or headers/footers
containing entrant's name. Full-length prose manuscripts not exceeding
200 pages in length, including front and back matter (table of contents, title
page, etc.), are eligible. Collections of short stories, novellas, etc. are
also eligible. Full-length collections of poetry by a single author are
eligible (45-90 pages in length). Entries must not be under consideration by
any other press at time of submission.
2. Prose entries should be double-spaced
with tabs/indents set at .3” with single spacing after punctuation. Poetry
entries should be in standard format spaced as author would like poems to
appear in final form, but with margins no wider than 4.5’’.
Other guidelines for submissions
1. All manuscripts should
include a title page (title
only) and table of
contents. Author must be a U.S. citizen and self-identify as a poet/writer of
color; please attach a brief bio and brief statement attesting to
identification as a poet/writer of color. Entries lacking the required
elements will be disqualified.
2. Anthologies containing
work written by multiple authors are not eligible.
3. A planned reprint of a
book published in a previous award year is not eligible.
4. In the event of a dispute
as to eligibility, the Willow Books Editor and Publisher will decide whether a
book is eligible, and their decisions will be binding.
5. Authors previously
published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books and/or currently under contract are
ENTRY OF BOOKS
A. Entries must be postmarked no later than December 15,
B. Please submit your manuscript and nonrefundable
submission fee via Submittable. There is a $30 entry fee for prose titles,
and $25 for poetry. Payment must be included with the entry by the
deadline. There is no limit on the number of entries, but each entry should
have its own entry fee.
C. Entries deemed ineligible by the Aquarius Press/Willow
Books shall still be subject to the stated entry fees per title.
D. Submissions cannot be returned.
THE JUDGES: TBA
Each category has one final judge. The judges may change each
year. Judges deliberate based on criteria determined by the Willow Books Editor
and Publisher. In the event of a disagreement over the final selection, the
Willow Books Publisher will make the final decision. The final judges for each
category will select their finalist choices independently. Judges will
determine the Grand Prize Winner in each category and notify the Willow Books
Editor and Publisher. The Grand Prize winners will be announced by Aquarius
ADDITIONAL DETAILS REGARDING THE AWARDS
An eligible manuscript that is entered shall not qualify for a
Willow Books Literature Award unless its author agrees to the following:
1. Finalists agree to prepare, at their own expense, a
videotaped reading of an excerpt of their entry that is YouTube-quality, i.e.,
no longer than 10 minutes in length. (A standard reading is all that is
required, and simple webcam/smart phone-style videos are sufficient.)
2. Finalists must agree to participate in Aquarius
Press/Willow Books' website-related publicity, including any scheduled online
events with readers from across the country.
3. Grand Prize winners must agree to appear for the
sponsored reading (reading date TBD).
4. Grand Prize winners are responsible for meeting his/her
own personal tax filing requirements.
Author agrees that the decision of the
Aquarius Press/Willow Books and/or the judges will be final as to all matters,
including eligibility, timeliness of submissions, and compliance with these
Entry Rules and the Awards. Aquarius Press/Willow Books shall have the
permanent right in any and all media throughout the world to use and exploit
all radio, television, merchandising, promotional, and publicity rights that
the author may have in connection with participation in the Willow Books
Literature Awards without further consent or payment. Author also releases any
claim he/she might have by virtue of his/her respective participation in the
Willow Books Literature Awards competition, for use of his/her respective
photographs, names, likenesses, voice, or appearances in connection with the
Willow Books Literature Awards Program.
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Willow Books
are given annually for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative nonfiction.
The winners also receive a sponsored reading. For complete guidelines, visit
www.aquariuspress.Submittable.com/submit. There is a $30 entry fee for
prose titles, and $25 for poetry. Deadline is December 15,
Sahar Mustafah of Mokena, IL won the 2016 Grand Prize
for Prose for her short story collection Life,
Move Leisurely. Gustavo Adolfo Aybar of Mission, KS won the 2016 Grand
Prize for Poery for his poetry collection We
Seek Asylum. Both will receive
$1,000 each, publication by Willow Books, and a sponsored reading. The annual
awards are given for a poetry collection and a book of fiction or creative