Ends on January 29, 2018

$15.00 USD
Etchings Press Novella Contest

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, invites submissions for its second annual novella contest. The winner will receive a $400 honorarium and 15 copies of the published novella

UIndy graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted manuscripts and choose a winner. The students will then edit, design, publish and promote the novellas. 

Previous winners:

2017: Unravelings by Sarah Cheshire (nonfiction)

2016: followers by Adam Fleming Petty (fiction)


Students are interested in editing and publishing books from authors in our region. The students are using the 370 miles between Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville, Georgia, and William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi, as the relative mileage for regional literature. Using UIndy’s campus on the southside of Indianapolis as a starting point, that distance makes a circle which includes all of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, most of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri, and parts of Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and even Ontario. To see if you're eligible for submission, please see the circle on the map.

 Contest Details

1.     Please submit novella manuscripts of 10,000-40,000 words using the Submittable content submissions manager for Etchings. You will be prompted to create a free user account that will allow you to submit your manuscript and monitor its status. 

2.     Please submit manuscripts as a single file and include a title page (without name). We ask that your name be removed from the manuscript for blind reading.

3.     Manuscripts should be 10,000-40,000 words. 

4.     Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible. 

5.     The manuscripts or authors must have a connection to the geographic area shown on this map.

6.     Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose a winner. Students will then edit, design, publish, and promote each winning book.

7.     Winners will be notified in March, 2018. Novellas will be released and available for sale in May, 2018.

8.     The reading fee is $15 (payable via submittable.com)

9.   The deadline is January 29, 2018. 

10.   Alumni and current students of University of Indianapolis and former students of its faculty are not eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Whiteacre at whiteacree@uindy.edu or visit our website at http://blogs.uindy.edu/etchings/.

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