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Submissions to the 2019 Novella Prize are now CLOSED


The Miami University Novella Prize is awarded annually to a novella-length manuscript of original fiction (18,000–40,000 words). The winner receives $750, a standard contract, publication and 10 copies of the book.

Daisy Hernández2019 Judge: Daisy Hernández

Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. Her essays and fiction have been published in Aster(ix)BrevityDogwood, Fourth GenreGulf CoastJukedRumpus, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review among others. A journalist and former editor of ColorLines magazine, Daisy has reported for The AtlanticThe New York Times, and Slate, and her writing has been aired on NPR's All Things Considered. She is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University.


We announce the prize winner on this website as well as Facebook and @MiamiUPress. We also send emails with the news to all entrants. All entrants are eligible to receive a copy of the winning book. Request a thank-you novella.


Reading Fee: $25

18,000-40,000 words. Unfortunately, shorter or longer manuscripts will be disqualified without refund.

Format Requirements:
 Manuscripts should be double-spaced, use a standard 12 pt. font, and include page numbers. Please be sure your name does not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

: All entries and fee payment must be submitted through Submittable.

Previously published works are not eligible. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed; please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere. Previous Novella Prize winners are ineligible. Previous finalists may enter again. Students, former students, faculty, former faculty, or anyone connected to Miami University are not eligible to enter. By submitting your work and the online form you certify that you are not in any way affiliated with Miami University. 

Miami University Press adheres to the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics:
CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Announcing the WINNER of the 2018 Novella Prize!!

TEMPER by Paul Skenazy

Thank you to everyone who submitted manuscripts (nearly 190 this year), to our fearless final judge, TaraShea Nesbit and editorial intern Sam Keeling, as well as all of our readers in the Miami University creative writing community!

Previous winners and finalists:

2017 winner

Day of All Saints by Patricia Grace King
Final judge and editor: Brian Roley

2016 winner

That Night Alive by Tara Deal
Final judge and editor: Margaret Luongo

2015 winner

Camp Olvido by Lawrence Coates
Final judge and editor: Joseph Bates

Runners up
The Slush Pile by William Nixon
Desirée Women by Marlene Miller

2014 winner

Fountain by Tote Hughes
Final judge and editor: Joseph Bates

Runners up
The Sorrow Proper by Lindsey Drager
Newborn by Agustin Maes

2011 winner

Men Beware Women by Gwen Thompson
Final judge and editor: Margaret Luongo

Runners up
The New Century by Monica Hileman
Continuity by David Crouse
No Creature Loves an Empty Space by Sudip Bose
Unspeakable by Erika Rummel
My Bo and Me by Roberta Anthes

2010 winner

Mitko by Garth Greenwell
Final judge and editor: David Schloss

2009 winners

The 2009 contest resulted in a tie—so we broke with tradition and awarded two authors the prize.

The Old Whitaker Place by David Chambers
Under the Small Lights by John Cotter
Final judge and editor: David Schloss

2008 winner

The Guide to the Flying Island by Lee Upton
Final judge and editor: Joseph Bates

2007 winner

A Fight in the Doctor’s Office by Cary Holladay
Final judge and editor: Brian Roley

2006 winner

Badlands by Cynthia Reeves
Final judge and editor: Margaret Luongo

2005 winner

The Waiting Room by Albert Sgambati
Final judge and editor: Eric Goodman