The SFWP Literary Awards are now open
This year SFWP's premier literary contest is interested in any writing, no genres, gimmicks, or idiosyncracies barred
The contest is a prestigious one in the indie sphere with an impressive history of publishing break-out-works.
2017's iteration crowned author, Wendy J. Fox, the grand prize winner. Since then, her novel, If the Ice had Held, forthcoming from SFWP, has been included on Buzzfeed's 2019 Spring list, favorably reviewed by Kirkus, and blurbed by the likes of Benjamin Percy and even ASP's own Rose Solari who said this of ITIHH
"The 2017 SFWP Awards winner, Wendy J. Fox's novel If the Ice Had Held, is a darkly lyrical examination of how family secrets, digested in childhood, bend and break us. Fox's gorgeous, insightful writing had me spellbound to the last page. "
The SFWP Awards are not like other contests in indie or mainstream publishing. They are special in expressly sloughing the normative genre-biases of publishing, refusing outright to pigeonhole their entries and opening their contest to all species of fictive work. According to SFWP,
"All fiction and creative nonfiction will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length. So we’ll take full- length manuscripts, collections short or long, excerpts, and essays. We don’t care about what the big presses believe to be “marketable,” we want to see excellence in writing, no matter the form it takes. Past winners have ranged from flash fiction to memoir to magical realism to literary fiction to essays."
Such commitment to sniffing out the most unique of literary voices from all stratum and stratosphere is indicative of something real special going on at SFWP, and, more generally, in the larger indie publishing community whose risk-taking and endurance in the face of economic uncertainty is keeping great literature alive and giving platform to today's most unorthodox and inspiring writers.
So, if you are able, don't let slip this super opportunity! Get out there and submit!