River Teeth's editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. This year's final judge will be Phillip Lopate. The winner will be announced in early spring following the deadline. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication by the University of New Mexico Press.
All U.S. entrants will receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth with their submission fee (provided they supply a mailing address).
Online submissions are charged $27 rather than $25 to cover credit card fees. Please consider this a convenience fee - no postage to pay, no pages to print, no boxes to pack (no phone, no lights, no motor cars...). We hope these two bucks will be worth the time you save on packaging and avoiding papercuts.
The 2018 Contest Deadline is October 31, 2018. Mailed entries must be postmarked by this date. Electronic submissions will close at midnight (EST).
Manuscripts must be double-spaced.
Self-published books with a limited distribution (friends and family, print run less than 100) are eligible for this contest, but please do not send hard copies of the book. The book should be in manuscript format. The contest is open to writers outside of the U.S., but due to mailing costs we can no longer include a free year's subscription with non-U.S. entries. (Sorry!)
A cover letter with basic contact information and a brief bio is appreciated. It is unnecessary to include a summary of your manuscript.
Thank you for submitting to River Teeth!