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Announcing the 2014 winner of our Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

Judged by Matt Bell

The Year of Perfect Happiness

by Becky Adnot-Haynes

to be published November 2014

Katherine Anne Porter Guidelines
The University of North Texas Press announces the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. Entries will be judged by an eminent writer.

Dates for submission: Manuscripts may be submitted between 9:00 a.m. on May 1 and 5:00 p.m. on June 31. The winning manuscript will be announced in January 2015.

  • We only accept electronic submissions.
  • The Katherine Anne Porter Contest online submissions manager is now available.
  • The $25 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal.

Entries can be a combination of short-shorts, short stories, and novellas, from 100 to 200 book pages in length (word count between 27,500 and 50,000). Material should be previously unpublished in book form. Once a winner is declared and contracted for publication, UNT Press will hold the rights to the stories in the winning collection. They may no longer be under consideration for serial publication elsewhere and must be withdrawn by the author from consideration.

Manuscript Guidelines:

  1. Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.

  2. Please include a table of contents.

  3. Please use a standard, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman in twelve-point size.

  4. Stories included in the submission may have appeared previously in magazines or anthologies but may not have been previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work.

  5. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.

  6. Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for the Katherine Anne Porter Award competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the submissions manager website. Entry fees are not refundable.

Blind review: Manuscripts will be considered on the merits of the fiction and neither the initial reading committee members nor the final judge will be aware of the names or publication records of the authors. Please do not include your name on the pages of the manuscript—only in the form boxes of the electronic submission manager. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.

Previous Winners

In These Times the Home Is a Tired Place by Jessica Hollander was our 2013 winner, judged by Katherine Dunn.

Venus in the Afternoon by Tehila Lieberman was our 2012 winner, judged by Miroslav Penkov.

Out of Time by Geoff Schmidt was our 2011 winner, judged by Ben Marcus.

A Bright Soothing Noise by Peter Brown was our 2010 winner, judged by Josip Novakovich.

Irish Girl by Tim Johnston was our 2009 winner, judged by Janet Peery.

Last Known Position by James Mathews was our 2008 winner, judged by Tom Franklin.

Wonderful Girl by Aimee LaBrie was our 2007 winner, judged by Bill Roorbach.

Body Language by Kelly Magee was our 2006 winner, judged by Dan Chaon.

What Are You Afraid Of? by Michael Hyde, was our 2005 winner, judged by Sharon Oard Warner.

Let's Do by Rebecca Meacham was our 2004 winner, judged by Jonis Agee. Let's Do was selected for the Spring 2005 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program.

Here Comes the Roar by Dave Shaw was our 2003 winner, judged by Marly Swick.

The Stuntman's Daughter, a collection of stories by Alice Blanchard, was the 1996 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Ms. Blanchard went on to sign a lucrative contract with Bantam for her first novel, Darkness Peering.

Announcing the 2014 winner of our Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry,

Jordan Windholz

Other Psalms

was chosen by Averill Curdy

and will be published in April 2015

Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry Guidelines
The University of North Texas Press announces the 2015 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. The winner of this annual award will receive $1000 and publication by UNT Press. This year’s judge is Morri Creech. To avoid conflicts of interest, current or former students of the judge should not enter.

Dates for submission: Manuscripts may be submitted between 9:00 a.m. on September 1 and 5:00 p.m. on October 31. The winning manuscript will be announced by March 2015.

  • We only accept electronic submissions.
  • The Vassar Miller Contest online submissions manager is now available.
  • The $25 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal through Submittable.

Manuscript Guidelines:

  1. Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.
  2. Please include a table of contents.
  3. Poems included in the submission may have appeared previously in magazines or anthologies but may not have been previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work.
  4. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
  5. Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry.
  6. Submit a 50- to 80-page manuscript. All pages indicating the poet's identity will be removed from the manuscript prior to forwarding to the final judge. The winning manuscript will be announced by March 2014 on the UNT Press website.

Previous Winners

In the Permanent Collection by Stefanie Wortman was our 2013 winner, selected by Chad Davidson.

Club Icarus by Matt Miller was our 2012 winner, selected by Major Jackson.

Death of a Ventriloquist by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc was our 2011 winner, selected by Lisa Russ Spaar.

Circles Where the Head Should Be by Caki Wilkinson was our 2010 winner, selected by J. D. McClatchy.

Stray Home by Amy M. Clark was our 2009 winner, selected by Beth Ann Fennelly.

Ohio Violence by Alison Stine was our 2008 winner, selected by Eric Pankey.

Mister Martini by Richard Carr was our 2007 winner, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

The Next Settlement by Michael Robins was our 2006 winner, selected by Anne Winters.

Re-Entry by Michael White was our 2005 winner, selected by Paul Mariani.

The Black Beach by J. T. Barbarese was our 2004 winner, selected by Andrew Hudgins.

Losing and Finding by Karen Fiser was our 2003 winner, selected by Lynne McMahon.

Bene-Dictions by Rush Rankin was our 2002 winner, selected by Rosanna Warren.

The Self as Constellation by Jeanine Hathaway was our 2001 winner, selected by Madeline DeFrees.

The Perseids by Karen Holmberg was our 2000 winner, selected by Sherod Santos.

A Protocol for Touch by Constance Merritt was our 1999 winner, selected by Eleanor Wilner.

MOVING & ST RAGE by Kathy Fagan was our 1998 winner, selected by T. R. Hummer.

Soul Data by Mark Svenvold was our 1997 winner, selected by Heather McHugh.

American Crawl by Paul Allen was our 1996 winner, selected by Sydney Lea.

The Sublime by Jonathan Holden was our 1995 winner, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa.

Delirium by Barbara Hamby was our 1994 winner, selected by Cynthia Macdonald.

Partial Eclipse by Tony Sanders was our 1993 winner, selected by Richard Howard.