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Grassic Short Novel Prize

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Our idea is to emphasize the power, skill and enduring value of the short novel form: limit 30,000-70,000 words.

For example:                          (approximate word count in thousands)

West, Miss Lonelyhearts (30)
Camus, The Stranger (31)
Conrad, Heart of Darkness (45)
Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground (54)
O’Connor, Wise Blood, (58)
Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (59)
Vonnegut,  Slaughterhouse Five (60)

$500 and publication by the Evening Street Press will be awarded for the best short novel manuscript. The contest is open to writers who have already published books as well as those for whom this is a first book. The winning writer will receive 25 copies from a press run of 250. Submissions accepted May 1, 2014 to December 1, 2014.

 Manuscript Requirements

  • ms. must contain between 30,000-70,000 words
  • ms. must be typed (single spaced)
  • ms. pages must be numbered and a table of contents included
  • include an acknowledgements page
  • include one cover page that contains the title, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address
  • include a second cover page that contains the title only
  • your name must not appear anywhere else on the ms.
  • SASE for results--manuscripts will not be returned

Reading Fee

The $25 reading fee includes a one-issue subscription to the Evening Street Review.  Make check or money order payable to Evening Street Press. We reserve the right not to name a winner.

Multiple & Simultaneous Submissions

You may submit more than one manuscript.  Send multiple submissions in the same envelope, marked “Multiple.”  Each manuscript must include a $25 reading fee. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we must be informed immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.


Mail entries (no email submissions, please) to Evening Street Press, 7652 Sawmill Road #352, Dublin, OH 43016-9296.

Halley and Me

Halley and Me by Sandra Gardner, Winner of the 2012 Grassic Short Novel Prize

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Halley and Me by Sandra Gardner $16.00 + $3.00

(Outside the US)
Halley and Me by Sandra Gardner $16.00 +  $5.00


Brandi by Margaret Powers Milardo, Winner of the 2011 Grassic Short Novel Prize

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Brandi by Margaret Powers Milardo $20.00 + $3.00

(Outside the US)
Brandi by Margaret Powers Milardo
$20.00 + $5.00