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 is open!

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 shortly.

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.



$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 2021. The selection will also receive a $1,000 promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks.

Deadline September 1, 2021

Submission Guidelines:

Include a summary of the book as well as a longer synopsis (250 words max) in the section below and submit the manuscript separately with no identifying marks.  Please also include a bio.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:

12 point font, double spaced.

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

We encourage all identities, peoples, and positive beliefs to submit!

$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 2021. The selection will also receive a $1,000 promotional campaign across social media and other ad networks.

Deadline September 1, 2021

Submission Guidelines:

Please include a short bio and synopsis in the section below and attach your submission separately with no identifying marks.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:

12 point font, single space.

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

We encourage all identities, peoples, and positive beliefs to submit!

Steel Toe Books