Fairfield Book Prize
Woodhall Press is honored and excited to be partnering with the Fairfield University MFA Program for the 2021 Fairfield Book Prize.
ALL ALUMNI OF THE FAIRFIELD MFA AND CURRENT MFA STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE. We want to see your work!
The contest is open to poetry, prose, essay collections, YA, and genre-bending work. SUBMIT!
Submissions open on 11/15/20 and run through 12/15/20.
Submissions are currently closed.
Woodhall Press Staff will screen submissions and choose finalists. Fairfield University will appoint a guest judge to pick the winner. The winner will be announced during the Summer 2021 residency. The book will be published and distributed nationally in Fall 2022 by Woodhall Press. The winner will receive a $1000 prize from Fairfield University and a standard contract from Woodhall Press. If Woodhall Press or the finalist judge deems that no MSS. is worthy of publication in a given year, there will be no award that year, and the contest will run the subsequent year.
You may submit more than one manuscript, but only if there is no overlap in content. Please submit each distinct manuscript only once.
Submit your manuscript to woodhallpress at gmail.com with the subject line "2021 Fairfield Book Prize."
Manuscripts must be word processed and formatted for 8.5" x 11" paper size, one-sided, with title and page number in the header of each page. (Author name should appear in the email cover sheet, but not in the header.)
Files should be saved as .doc, .docx, or PDFs.
Include a cover sheet with name, address, manuscript title, and Fairfield MFA month and year of graduation (or expected graduation, if currently enrolled)
You may acknowledge individual poems, stories, and other pieces published in magazines, anthologies, or elsewhere.
Manuscript length: 45-80 pages.
No more than one poem per page.
Prose & Creative Nonfiction Specifications
Manuscript length: short stories and novellas (or a combination thereof), or personal essays: 100-200 pages.
Novels and memoirs: up to 350 pages
For memoirs/novels: you may include a cast of characters and a one-page summary.
Note: Novels and Memoirs should be unpublished work but may contain previously published excerpts
Fairfield Book Prize FAQ
The Book Prize is open to all FUMFA graduates and current students.
11/15/20 - Submissions, open
12/15/20 - Submissions, closed
2/15/21 - Finalists' manuscripts will be passed to MFA guest faculty judge. Finalists will be notified of their status.
July 2021 - Winner will be announced at the MFA Summer Residency
Fall 2022 - Publication
Do we allow simultaneous submissions?
Book prize finalists will receive notification in February, 2021.
If you are a finalist, we request that you withdraw your submitted work from consideration elsewhere and cross your fingers until July.
If you get some good news before February 1, you may withdraw your submission from the Fairfield Book Prize before that date, with our congratulations.
Can I submit work previously submitted to the Fairfield Book Prize?
Absolutely. Brooke Adams Law’s Catchlight won in 2019 after several submissions to the book prize.
How do I find out more about previous Book Prize winners?
There is a list of previous winners and links to their books below.