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This is a "first book" award for an unpublished book-length work of fiction - novel, short stories, novel-in-stories, no length limit, by a woman writer, age 40 or older. Include a synopsis of the entire book*, an outline, and the complete manuscript, IN THAT ORDER. Also include a bio and resume, and a contact sheet including name, address, email, telephone, birthdate.  All must be included in ONE document.  Submittable does not permit multiple uploads.  Please note:  manuscripts that have been self-published are considered published, and are not eligible.  Publication in other genres besides fiction do not disqualify your entry. 

*If you are submitted a collection of stories, please include 2-3 sentence descriptions of each story.

Reading Fee:  $20.00  Submission window opens August 15, 2021 and closes March 15, 2022. 

Winning manuscript receives $1,000 and publication on the Sowilo Press imprint of Hidden River Publishing. 

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