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Announcing the Veterans Writing Award


Syracuse University Press is pleased to announce our inaugural
Veterans Writing Award

In keeping with Syracuse University’s longstanding commitment to serving the interests of veterans and their families and recognizing the role a university press can play in giving voice to emerging writers, Syracuse University Press, in cooperation with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, has established a Veterans Writing Award. We invite unpublished, full-length novels or short story collections in manuscript form for consideration. This contest is open to U.S. veterans and active duty personnel in any branch of the U.S. military and their immediate family members. Entrants must not have published a volume of fiction previously. We encourage women veteran writers and veterans of color to submit. Although work submitted for the contest need not engage direct military experience, we seek original voices and fresh perspectives that will expand and challenge readers’ understanding of the lives of veterans and their families.

Finalists will be read by award-winning novelist, short story writer, Vietnam veteran, and former Syracuse University faculty member Tobias Wolff, and the winning entry will be announced in September of 2019.

The submission period will open December 15, 2018 and close February 15, 2019. There is no fee for submission. Complete rules and submission details forthcoming.

The award includes a $1,000 cash prize and a publication contract with Syracuse University Press. Manuscripts of high merit not selected for the final award may receive honorable mention.

The inaugural Veterans Writing Award Advisory Board includes the following members:

  • Kyle Bass
    Department of Drama Instructor, Associate Director of Syracuse Stage, Playwright

  • Christopher Kennedy
    Professor, English Department, and Director, MFA in Creative Writing Program

  • Eileen Schell
    Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, Director of Graduate Studies and Co-leader of the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group

  • Daniel Piston
    Program Evaluation Manager, IVMF

  • Kicia Sears
    Program Evaluation Manager, IVMF

  • Suzanne Guiod
    Editor in Chief, Syracuse University Press

  • Lisa Kuerbis
    Marketing Coordinator, Syracuse University Press


For questions, contact Lisa Kuerbis: lkuerbis@syr.edu


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