OUR 2021 PRIZES

We're pleased to anounce the Steel Toe Books 2021 Prize in Poetry and thel Steel Toe Books 2021 Prize in Prose, for fiction and nonfiction will open in November!

All books submitted to the awards are considered for general publication. In addition to the winner, we  look to publish 1-3 other titles in each category. 

Our 2021 Judges will be announced


Our 2020 Judge for Poetry

Dustin Pearson's A Season in Hell With Rimbaud is forthcoming from BOA Editions. He has whose has published two collections of poetry Millenial Roost (C&R Press) and A Family Is A House (C&R Press). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University, and a Pushcart Prize recipient. 

Our 2020 Prose Judge for fiction and nonfiction

Xhenet Aliu's novel Brass (Random House), is a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Wrtiers" selection. She received the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for her short fiction debut. She teaches Creative Writing at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


In Addition, we have an open chapbook category which includes an honorarium, copies, and a reading! We  publish 1-3 chapbooks per year. 

Steel Toe has published 24 books since 2003 and is excited to begin publishing fiction and nonfiction in 2021 from our 2020 awards.

Please see individual entry categories for guidelines.  All submissions are read blind and delivered as such to judges who choose the final selection and shortlist.

In addition to the prize winners, we consider all other submissions for publication. 


Please send us your edgy and risk-taking, diverse and dynamic work! All subject matter welcome, inclusive of historically marginalized voices.



STB is looking to publish 1-3 full length books from our open submission pool, selected by the editor and other staff each year. Our prize submissions are selected by judges, so our open submission period will be looked at with a different eye.  We offer 15 copies and a standard publication contract, with invitations to events and readings. All books are distributed with Small Press Distribution.

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Submission Guidelines:
Please include a short bio and synopsis in the section below and attach your submission separately with no identifying marks.  
We encourage all identities, peoples, and positive beliefs to submit!

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:
12 point font, single space for poetry and double space for prose. Standard font style.  
***please remove author name and other author identifying remarks from the submission***

Steel Toe Books will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories or other types of literary or hybrid work. Acceptable submission lengths are between 20-50 pages.  Our prize submissions are selected by judges, so our open submission period will be looked at with a different eye. Authors of selected works will receive publication, 15 copies, our standard marketing campaign and invitation to readings and events.

Deadline: Dec 31, 2020 

Submission Guidelines: Please include a short bio and synopsis in the section below and attach your submission separately with no identifying marks.   We encourage all identities, peoples, and positive beliefs to submit! 

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines: 12 point font, single space for poetry, double for prose. Use a standard font.  Use the form box provided below for Bio/Summary and any other supplemental info.  
***please remove author name and other author identifying remarks from the manuscript***

 

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