The Plaza Literary Prize

The Plaza Literary Prize is a national novella competition. We believe a great story is never defined by its length and welcome all genres and themes with compelling characters and evocative moments. We’re looking for our generation’s Hemingway, Oates, or Steinbeck. The City of Orange, California was incorporated on April 6, 1888. The center of the town became known as the Plaza, which has become a symbol of the community and a catalyst for storytelling.

 

  1. Write a novella and submit via Submittable.
  2. Submissions are accepted from March 1 through April 30. Our team of readers will consider each submission for content, craft, and voice and select ten (10) finalists to be reviewed by our jury. One (1) novella will be selected for publication.

 

1888 is a publisher of classic dime novels, contemporary novellas, and The Cost of Paper, an annual anthology of international short stories. Click here to visit our complete catalogue.

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The Plaza Literary Prize 2017 – Steve Niilo

The final selection from The Plaza Literary Prize, our annual national novella competition, will feature cover artwork by Steve Niilo. Steve Niilo is an illustrator and experimenter living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Using a mixture of traditional and digital techniques alongside a cornucopia of line, shape and color, he creates images that speak from the heart and tickle the senses.READ MORE

The Plaza Literary Prize – 2017 Jury

The Plaza Literary Prize welcomes our 2017 Jury–Michael Dean Clark, Rachel Howzell Hall, R. Dean Johnson, Yi Shun Lai, and Krys Lee–an inspiring panel of authors, editors, journalists, and professors. Submissions for our annual novella competition begin on March 1, 2017. When the submission period closes on April 30, 2017, our judges will select one (1) novella to be published by 1888.

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