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 June 1 through July 31. 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 publishes contemporary novellas through The Plaza Literary Prize, an annual anthology of international short stories titled The Cost of Paper, and community essays supporting our Why We Write project. Click here to view our collection.


The Plaza Literary Prize – 2016 Jury

The Plaza Literary Prize welcomes our 2016 Jury–Neelanjana Banerjee, Ben Loory, Lilliam Rivera, Kevin Smokler, and David L. Ulin–an inspiring panel of authors, editors, journalists, and professors. Submissions for our annual novella competition begin on January 1, 2016. When the submission period closes on February 29, 2016, our judges will select one (1) novella to be published by 1888.


Ryan Sanchez Collection

Our eleventh novella collection features the artwork of Ryan Sanchez. Ryan Sanchez is an artist, illustrator, and educator who resides in Savannah, GA with his lovely wife Heidi, their beautiful daughter Paloma, and their English bulldog Abbey. He is a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His illustrations have been widely used in the editorial, advertising, and publishing world and have been recognized by Communication Arts, 3 X 3 Magazine, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. His paintings have been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, London, Canada, and Switzerland.READ MORE