Eludia Award

The Sixth Annual Eludia Award 2017 Submission Deadline is now closed.

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Hidden River Arts offers the Eludia Award, for a first book-length unpublished novel or collection of stories.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 ten copies of the book. The next round of manuscript submissions will be accepted beginning November 1, 2017. The deadline for all manuscript submissions is March 15, 2018.  Winner will be announced October 30, 2018. Entry fee: $30 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 strongly encouraged. 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”.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. We ask only that you contact us asap if you place the manuscript elsewhere.

PLEASE NOTE: If online submission is a hardship for anyone interested in submitting to The Eludia Award, please do not hesitate to contact us at hiddenriverarts@gmail.com 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.

All awards are decided by Hidden River staff, and decisions are final.

Note: All submissions will be considered for regular publication by Sowilo Press in addition to consideration for The Eludia Award.

Please be sure to BOOKMARK this site for all announcements of semi-finalists, finalists and winners of this competition, and for other announcements of our programs and events.

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  8. Can you clarify your guidelines please – in one place it says “The deadline for all manuscript submissions is March 15, 2016” and then further down it says “Deadline: March 30, 2016”! Thanks!

    • Hi Martha,

      We have decided to extend the deadline this year to April 15, 2016. I’ve been out of town and haven’t had the time to do our normal social media outreach. Now that I’m back, I plan to spend the next few weeks doing the outreach; so we’ll extended and give everyone until April 15 to get their manuscripts in!

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