Steel Toe Books announces the Steel Toe Books 2020 Prize in Poetry, and for the first time, the inaugural Steel Toe Books 2020 Prize in Prose for all fiction and nonfiction books with guest judge, the wonderful Xhenet Aliu!  Our guest poetry judge will be Dustin Pearson! (Bio for each located below) Each award winner receives publication, $500, and a $1,000 social media and ad network package. All books submitted are considered for publication. Our long list, award, and shortlist are announced in October of each year.

Steel Toe has published 24 books since 2005 and is excited to begin publishing fiction and nonfiction categories.

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

In addition to the prize winners, we will also consider other titles for publication on a case by case basis. We aim to publish 2 prize winners, 1-3 chapbooks, and 1-3 other full length books each year.


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



 Dustin Pearson's Bio: 

Dustin Pearson is the author of Millennial Roost (C&R Press, 2018) and A Family Is a House (C&R Press, 2019). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and The Anderson Center at Tower View, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and John Mackay Graduate Award and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, TriQuarterly, [PANK], The Literary Review, Poetry Daily, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. dustinkpearson.com


Xhenet Aliu's Bio:

Xhenet Aliu’s novel, Brass, was awarded the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year First Novel Prize, is a finalist for the 2020 Townsend Prize, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and was long-listed for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Book Prize. Her debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Aliu’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Glimmer Train, Hobart, American Short Fiction, Lenny, LitHub, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere, and she has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among other awards, including a special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and has previously worked as an academic librarian, private investigator, waitress, and secretary. xhenetaliu.com

 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. Authors of selected submissions will receive ten copies of the book, a $50 honorarium, and a $200 value promotional campaign.
 

Extended Deadline: September 1, 2020
Due to the extenuating circumstances, we want to give authors more time to be able to gather and submit to our chapbook contest. We've extended the deadline out a few months! Thank you to all those who made the deadline, particularly for your patience while we delay reading a few months. And thank you to folks who wrote to request an extension. We look forward to reading everyone's work.

Submission Guidelines:
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***

$500 award and publication for a full-length poetry collection. No maximum page count. All manuscripts are considered for standard publication. Longlist, award, and shortlist are announced in October 2020. The selection will also receive a $1,000  promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks.

Deadline September 1, 2020

Submission Guidelines:

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:

12 point font, single space. 

***please remove author name and other author identifying remarks from the manuscript***

$500 award and publication for a full length collection of prose in the form of Novel, Short Story, Essay, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir and hybrid forms. No maximum page count. All manuscripts are considered for standard publication. Longlist, award, and shortlist are announced in October 2020. The selection will also receive a $1,000  promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks.

Deadline September 1, 2020

Submission Guidelines:

Include a summary of the book as well as a longer synopsis (250 words max) and a bio as the first page.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:

12 point font, double spaced.

***please remove all identifying marks from the submission***

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