Ends on May 18, 2018

$30.00 USD
Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. Our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work with an edge. We are only interested in the very best work, regardless of source or type.  The 2018 competition invites submissions of literary and upmarket fiction, general fiction, serious women's fiction, SFF with a literary edge or fiction with a catalytic speculative element, e.g., "Time Traveler's Wife," as well as mystery, crime, or suspense fiction

DEADLINE: MAY 18, 2018

The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Finalist manuscripts will also be considered for publication. 

The winner will be announced in August, 2018 and receives a $1,500 honorarium, paid September, 2018, book publication by Del Sol Press in Spring 2019, plus 20 copies of the winning book. 
Del Sol Press will work with winning authors to complete any story edits as necessary and appropriate, in timely fashion, and in keeping with our editorial standards.

Simultaneous submissions in other contests is acceptable, however, if your ms is accepted elsewhere during the period of submission, you must withdraw your manuscript on Submittable.  

Authors who submit a manuscript may submit a second manuscript for a reduced fee. The notification email will include details. Submissions will be cross-checked.

Collaborative collections are welcome. We cannot accept translations.


  • Writers who are at least 18 years of age and who live inside the United States.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable (as long as you let us know immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere).
  • Excerpts from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks, or self-published books, but must be submitted in manuscript form.
  • If the work has previously been published by an independent small press or eBook press, it may be entered but only if the author has regained the rights. If the work is currently published and the rights remain with the publisher, the work does not qualify.
  • If the work is self-published, it may be entered in the contest.
  • If the work was previously published by a major commercial New York publisher (Penguin, Random, St. Martins, etc), or any of imprints of that publisher, it does not qualify as a "first novel" and therefore cannot be entered.
  • Employees, volunteers, and board members of Del Sol Press, their partners, spouses, and immediate families, and immediate family, friends, and former students of the judge are not eligible.
Competition Guidelines
  • 200-450 typed manuscript pages in standard format (see below for details).
  • Genres we are looking for include literary and upmarket fiction, mainstream or general fiction, mystery/thriller or speculative fiction with a literary edge, serious women's fiction, and unique experimental work.
  • $30.00 contest fee paid at time of online submission. Online entries must be accompanied by entry fee. You must use Submittable (see below) to submit your manuscript(s) and entry fee.
  • Contestants may submit more than one manuscript. Each additional ms is $20.00. A private link will be emailed once first submission has been received.
  • Attach your manuscript as PDF OR DOC/DOCX file and label the file with your full name and the title of the work. Example: "fullname-titleofwork." No name, no entry. The manuscript itself should have the title/page number in the upper right corner of every page.
  • Also attach the first chapter of your manuscript as a PDF OR DOC/DOCX file and name file with your full name, title of the work, and "CH1." The manuscript itself should have the title/page number in the upper right corner of every page. 
  • Your name should not appear on the manuscript or first chapter.
  • Paginate consecutively in upper right hand corner with title. Example: "title/number" in header in 10 point font.
  • Standard manuscript format: double spaced, one inch margins, Times New Roman, 12 point font. Chapters begin halfway down page. Text only, no images, no colors.
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