The deadline has been extended to March 15 for entry into the competition for the 22nd Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship. The fellowship isawarded to an American author of a first novel-in-progress in 2013 by the James Jones Literary Society. Novellas and collections of closely linked short stories may also be considered for the competition. The fellowship is administered by the James Jones Society and the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program.
The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture exemplified by the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and other prose narratives of distinction. Jones himself was the recipient of aid from many supporters as a young writer and his family, friends, and admirers have established this award of $10,000 to continue the tradition in his name. Two runner up awards of $750 each will also be given by the Jones Literary Society.
The competition is open to United States citizens who have not previously published a novel. Manuscripts may be submitted for publication simultaneously, but the Society must be notified of acceptance elsewhere. Officers of the James Jones Society are not eligible for the award. A $25 check/money order, payable to Wilkes University, not to James Jones First Novel Fellowship, must accompany each entry. For online submissions add a $3.00 processing fee.
Entries can be mailed via snailmail or our online submission form. Hard copy entries should be sent to the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, c/o M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766, and postmarked no later than March 15, 2013. Online submission form entries should be sent to jamesjones.submishmash.com/submit. Electronic entriesshould be sent no later than midnight, March 15, 2013.