James Jones First Novel Competition
There are presently no open calls for submissions.
The 32nd Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship
will be awarded to an American author of a first novel-in-progress, in 2023, by the James Jones Literary Society.
The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture exemplified by the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and other prose narratives of distinction. Jones himself was the recipient of aid from many supporters as a young writer and his family, friends, and admirers have established this award of $10,000 to continue the tradition in his name. First runner up award $3000 and second runner up $2000 each may be given by the Jones Literary Society. All selections are at the discretion of the judges.
Have never published a novel
Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of America with Green Cards
May have published any other type of work including non-fiction articles and short stories
Non eligible writers
Officers of the James Jones Literary Society
Writers who have published previous novels
Novels in which one or more chapters have been published
Non eligible submissions
Collections of short stories
Linked short stories
Note: Manuscripts may be simultaneously submitted for the First Novel Contest and to a publisher for publication. If the work is accepted by a publisher at any time up to the announcement of the First Novel winner, the Society must be notified and the selection will be withdrawn from the contest.
WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING MAIL-IN SUBMISSIONS. All ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY THROUGH THE SUBMITTABLE ON-LINE PLATFORM.
Manuscript Guidelines: A two-page (maximum) outline of the entire novel and the first 50 pages of the novel-in-progress are to be submitted.
The manuscript must be typed and double-spaced; outline may be single-spaced. Entrants should include their name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available) ONLY on the cover letter, but nowhere else on the manuscript. Pages should be numbered. Please drop your cover letter in cover letter box, and your outline/synopsis and the first 50 pages of you novel as one document under attached files.
DEADLINES: Entries should be sent to jamesjones.submittable.com/submit. no later than midnight, March 15, 2023 Eastern Standard time.
Entry Fee: $30 plus a $3.00 processing fee.
Entries for the 2023 contest will be accepted beginning October 1, 2022.
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