Ends on March 1, 2018

The 2018 Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize Emerging Writer's Residency Prize

Guidelines for the 2018 residency.

Submissions open January 1, 2018.

The final deadline is March 1, 2018.

We invite applications for a fiction writer under forty years old, with no major book publication, to spend three weeks in residence at Lake Forest College during the spring 2019 term. The residency will correlate with the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, which will feature the Plonsker Prize winner.

The winner receives $10,000, and book publication (pending approval by the editors) by &NOW Books, with distribution by Northwestern University Press.

The judge for this year's contest is the novelist and memoirist Lidia Yuknavitch.

Only the first 200 submissions will be considered, so apply early!

We will close submissions once we reach 200. Therefore, there is no need to inquire as the total submissions received. 

Send, as a single file, WITHOUT your name, contact information, or other identifying marks:

A) A one-page statement of plans for completion
B) A 30-page excerpt of a FICTION manuscript in progress

Your cover letter, pasted into the text box, should include the basic details of your cv: education, employment, significant publications, etc. These may be in narrative form.

Questions? Ask Plonsker Editor Joshua Corey: corey@lakeforest.edu

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