Prize:  $1,000 

Guidelines (Please read FULLY):

The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award

Eligible: Any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. Any submission that includes more than 25 pages will be disqualified.

All novel excerpts must include a synopsis and outline of the whole novel, and an explanation of where the submitted portion fits into the overall structure of the work. Submissions of excerpts without a synopsis and outline will be disqualified.

A cover page should accompany the manuscript which includes the author’s name, address, telephone number, a brief bio, email address and manuscript title.

DEADLINE Submissions will be accepted beginning February 1, 2023 until June 30, 2023.

All manuscripts must be accompanied by a $17.00 entry fee, paid through Submittable.

Multiple submissions are permitted; but each must be sent separately and include a separate entry fee.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted. 

We welcome submissions from writers in English anywhere in the world.

All entries will be judged by the editors and staff of Hidden River Arts. All decisions of the Hidden River staff is final. We reserve the right to withhold the prize on any given year should our staff decide that no manuscripts meet the winning criteria.  

Contest results will be announced on our blog at -- Please be sure to follow us there for all updates and announcements.    

Please submit all required materials through our online submission program at:

When submitting through Submittable, please be aware that the program allows only ONE manuscript upload; it will be necessary that you create a file that includes all required materials to upload into one document.

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