Portuguese American Journal

Submissions: Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing – NY,NY

Independent publisher of international literature, Restless Books, has announced the first ’Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing’ award.

Created by Mexican-American publisher, Ilan Stavans, the $10,000 cash prize is being offered to first-generation emerging American authors who address American identity in a global age. The annual prize will alternate between fiction and nonfiction, beginning with fiction.

Each year, a distinguished panel of judges will select a winning manuscript to be published by Restless Books. Fiction submissions can take the form of a novel or a collection of short stories. Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction.

Candidates must be first-generation residents of the United States and must not have previously published a book in English. The fiction submissions period is open from September 1 through December 31, 2015, and nonfiction submissions until the Fall 2016. No fee required.

Manuscripts must be complete and submitted in English (translations welcome). Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges including Ilan Stavans, novelist Maaza Mengiste, and bookseller Javier Molea.

Finalists will be announced on April 15, 2016. The winner will be announced in May 2016.  The winner and finalists will be honored at an award ceremony in the Summer of 2016.

Based in Brooklyn, NY, NY, Restless Books is an independent publisher for readers and writers in search of new destinations, experiences, and perspectives, committed to bringing out the best of international literature.


Source: Restless Books