Lilla Cabot Perry, Lady With a Bowl of Violets, 1910
THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE ELUDIA AWARD IS MARCH 15, 2021
The Eludia Award is offered annually for a first book-length unpublished novel or collection of stories. The prize is open to women writers age 40 and older, who do not yet have a book-length publication of fiction. (Book length publications in other genres are fine. Self-publishing IS publishing, and will disqualify the fiction manuscript.) The winning manuscript will be published on our imprint, Sowilo Press, and will receive $1000 plus a standard publication contract.
The next round of manuscript submissions deadlines on March 15, 2021.
Winning Manuscript Receives $1,000 and publication.
Entry fee: $20 US.
This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English, and we encourage submissions from our international community of women writers.
All submissions must include name, address, telephone number, email, website (if you have one), a biography (including birthday) and resume, outline, full synopsis and full manuscript. (If submitting a collection of short stories, the “synopsis” can be a brief overview of the stories – their themes, setting, characters, etc.) Online submissions are required. Please note that, when submitting online, all materials must be combined into ONE document before uploading. Be sure to upload all required materials, including the synopsis BEFORE the manuscript, which should be uploaded last. To submit online please go to Submittable. and submit to the category “Eludia Award”.
Both multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are fine. Each manuscript entry must be submitted separately. For simultaneous submissions, we ask only that you contact us asap if you place the manuscript elsewhere.
PLEASE NOTE: If online submission is a true hardship for anyone interested in submitting to The Eludia Award, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss an alternative possibility. It’s not our intention to exclude anyone, but rather to simplify the reading of manuscripts. Online submissions make group evaluation more easily possible, and it makes everything more affordable.
Recent winners of The Eludia Award:
Hidden River Arts is pleased to announce that the 2020 winner of our Eludia Award is Ronit Feinglass Plank of Seattle, Washington, for her short story collection, Home is a Made-Up Place. The collection will be published on our Sowilo Press imprint in 2022.
After delays caused by the COVID shut downs, we will be announcing the publication of our previous winners, Justine Dymond, for The Emigrant and Other Stories which should arrive in early 2021, and Elise Atchinson, for Crazy Mountain by late 2021/early 2020. Please follow us to receive notification of our updates.
Be sure to subscribe to this blog for all announcements. Also, and this is important, unless your manuscript on Submittable is reported as “declined”, it is still in consideration.
All awards are decided by Hidden River staff, and decisions are final. We reserve the right to decline to to name a winner in any given year, should no deserving manuscripts be received. To date, the opposite has been true; we have found that this demographic is filled with very talented writers deserving of publication and regret that we have to choose from among such wonderful works.
Note: All submissions will be considered for regular publication by Sowilo Press in addition to consideration for The Eludia Award.
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