Bauhan Publishing is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.
Bauhan Publishing is pleased to announce our fifth year of The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize. This prize will be awarded for a book-length collection (roughly 120-160 pages or 50,000-60,000 words) of nonfiction essays. These essays can take any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account etc. as long as they have not been previously published as a collection.
Entrants can be from any country with the stipulations that the manuscript is in English and the author is willing to share in shipping costs for foreign delivery of books. The winner will receive $1,000, publication of their collection in the fall of 2021, and 50 free copies of the published book along with distribution with our other titles through our partner, Casemate IPM. The cost for submission is $30 per manuscript, entrants may submit multiple manuscripts if they desire.
The judge for this round is Steven Harvey. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2020, and the winner and finalists will be notified in the spring.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions about the contest, and include “The Monadnock Prize” in the e-mail subject line. Below are our submission guidelines.
1. Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and roughly 120-160 pages in length OR 50,000-80,000 words (these are general guidelines, we most likely will not turn away a manuscript based on length. If you are uncertain if your manuscript will qualify, reach out and ask us.)
YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT APPEAR IN THE MANUSCRIPT ITSELF OR ON THE TITLE PAGE.
2. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. The manuscript must be the product of only one author.
3. Please do not include acknowledgments, biographical material, or dedication pages at this stage. A cover letter is not necessary.
4. No illustrations, photographs, or images should be included.
5. The manuscript should ONLY include the following: Title page without author’s name, table of contents or list of essays, and the essays.
6. Any person who has studied in a formal program with this year's judge through a college, university, community program, residency, or private tutorial—within the last two years is not eligible to submit a manuscript to this contest.
7. All submissions should be formatted in Word Doc or PDF.
8. Manuscripts must be received by December 15, 2020. A winner will be announced approximately two months later depending on the number of submissions. After the winner and runners-up are notified, the results will be published and all contestants emailed.
NOTE: PLEASE EXCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM THE DOCUMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS YEAR'S PRIZE. WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION VIA SUBMITTABLE.
Bauhan Publishing reserves the right to cancel the contest for any reason. In that unlikely event, all entry fees will be returned to contestants.
GOOD LUCK and thank you for enabling us to continue providing these contests for the writing community!