Our goal is to publish a limited number of titles annually. We aim to produce well-made books, with an eye to the aesthetics of design, giving each project the careful attention required to make the publishing experience rewarding for the writer and the students and book professionals engaged in the process.

Stillhouse is currently reading for novel-length fiction and poetry, driven by voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We are not necessarily looking for work that fits strict traditional modes, and especially enjoy familiar subjects presented through unfamiliar perspectives, or those which defy easy categorization or definition. No conventional genre fiction, please.

For more information about Stillhouse Press and our submission guidelines, please visit: www.stillhousepress.org/submissions

Prize: $500

Reading Period: Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 2020, 12am EST - Thursday, April 30th, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Fee: $25/submission (reading fee is non-refundable)


Rules

  • Only complete manuscripts of literary fiction will be considered. Our ideal manuscript is between 50,000 – 100,000 words; please include word count in the top right corner of the first page.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication. Prize does not guarantee publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please attach manuscripts in either Word .doc or PDF format.
  • All manuscripts should include a query letter and a synopsis with an overview of the work. Authors are also invited to share information about their writing background, on-line presence, involvement with the writing community, and inspiration for their work.
  • Previously published or forthcoming collections will not be considered; previously published single stories and chapbooks are acceptable, if part of a larger work.
  • All work must be original; translations will not be accepted.
  • Finalists will be judged by Danielle Evans; Stillhouse Press cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with the guest judge.
  • Entries will only be accepted online via Stillhouse Press’ Submittable page; no hard copies or email submissions will be accepted.
  • Deadline for final submissions is 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, April 30th, 2020.


About the Judge

Danielle Evans is the author of the short-story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Riverhead Books 2011), which was a co-winner of the 2011 PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize for a first book, a National Book Foundation “5 under 35” selection in 2011, the winner of the 2011 Paterson Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Hurston-Wright award for fiction, and an honorable mention for the 2011 PEN/Hemingway award. Her work has appeared in magazines, including The Paris Review, A Public Space, American Short Fiction, Callaloo, The Sewanee Review, and Phoebe, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2010, 2017, and 2018, and in New Stories from the South. She received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, has taught creative writing at American University in Washington DC and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and now teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Stillhouse looks for works driven by voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We are not necessarily looking for work that fits strict traditional modes, and especially enjoy familiar subjects presented through unfamiliar perspectives, or those which defy easy categorization or definition. No conventional genre fiction, please.

** Please note: Manuscript submissions that do not meet current submission guidelines will be automatically declined.**

Guidelines

  • We take time in considering all of our submissions and ask that you allow at least 6 months for a staff response.
  • Only complete, full-length manuscripts will be considered. Our ideal manuscript is between 50,000 – 100,000 words for prose, or 50-75 pages for poetry; please include word count in the top right corner of the first page for all prose submissions.
  • All manuscripts should include a query letter and synopsis or overview of the work.
  • Authors are also invited to share information about their writing background, on-line presence, involvement with the writing community, and inspiration for their submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • All attachments should be in either PDF or Word.doc formats.
  • All work must be original. Translations will not be accepted.
  • Submissions may be made through our submissions manager (link below). Paper and email submissions are not accepted.
  • There is a $10 fee/submission for regular submissions. (Does not include contest submissions. Please refer to Contest FAQ for fee information.)
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Stillhouse looks for works driven by voice and built on a strong compositional foundation. We are not necessarily looking for work that fits strict traditional modes, and especially enjoy familiar subjects presented through unfamiliar perspectives, or those which defy easy categorization or definition. No conventional genre fiction, please.

** Please note: Manuscript submissions that do not meet current submission guidelines will be automatically declined.**

Guidelines

  • We take time in considering all of our submissions and ask that you allow at least 6 months for a staff response.
  • Only complete, full-length manuscripts will be considered. Our ideal manuscript is between 50,000 – 100,000 words for prose, or 50-75 pages for poetry; please include word count in the top right corner of the first page for all prose submissions.
  • All manuscripts should include a query letter and synopsis or overview of the work.
  • Authors are also invited to share information about their writing background, on-line presence, involvement with the writing community, and inspiration for their submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • All attachments should be in either PDF or Word.doc formats.
  • All work must be original. Translations will not be accepted.
  • Submissions may be made through our submissions manager (link below). Paper and email submissions are not accepted.
  • There is a $10 fee/submission for regular submissions. (Does not include contest submissions. Please refer to Contest FAQ for fee information.)
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