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.

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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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New Novella – The Plaza Literary Prize 2016 Winner

“Cut the Thread opens with a mysterious death at the opera that sets a quiet, upscale neighborhood on edge. Walters subverts the cozy and the quaint, controlling a panoramic narrative of shifting perspectives and interconnected character focus like a deft puppet-master. Classical music is present throughout the book, and it is clear that it lends an inspiration for a style of compositional control in the writing. Evoking a sense of place and how people move about a city, the crisscrossing movements of the characters is dizzying in the best way.”READ MORE