Fiction Collective Two is an author-run, not-for-profit publisher of artistically adventurous, non-traditional fiction.

THE RONALD SUKENICK/FC2 INNOVATIVE FICTION CONTEST
(2012 Winner: Luke B. Goebel for Fourteen Stories None of Them Are Yours)

Eligibility

The Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any U.S. writer in English who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published or self-published novels and collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of Matthew Roberson, the final judge for 2013, are ineligible to enter the contest. Employees and Board members of FC2 are not eligible to enter.

Judges

Finalists for the Prize will be chosen by the following members of the FC2 Board of Directors: Kate Bernheimer, Jeffrey DeShell, Michael Mejia, Lance Olsen, Matthew Roberson, Elisabeth Sheffield, and Susan Steinberg.


The winning manuscript for the 2013 contest will be chosen from the finalists by a final judge, Matthew Roberson.


Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2's stated mission to publish "fiction considered by America's largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu," including works of "high quality and exceptional ambition whose styles, subject matter, or forms push the limits of American publishing and reshape our literary culture."


For contest updates and full information on FC2's mission, history, aesthetic commitments, authors, events, and books, please visit our about page.

Deadlines

Contest entries will be accepted beginning 15 August, 2013. All entries must be submitted to our electronic submissions manager no later than 1 November, 2013. The winner will be announced in May 2014.

Prize

The Prize includes $1500 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize.

Guidelines

1) Submit a previously unpublished manuscript of any length through our 
electronic submissions manager.  Electronic submissions only.


2) The manuscript must be anonymous. The author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The title page should contain the title of the manuscript only. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document or PDF.


3) Please include a cover letter/biography with your name and contact information in the space allotted on the submission form.


4) Include a $25 submission fee. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is submitted separately and accompanied by a $25 submission fee. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

 

CATHERINE DOCTOROW INNOVATIVE FICTION PRIZE
(2012 Winner: Michelle Richmond for The Hero of Queens Boulevard and Other Stories )

Eligibility

The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize is open to any U.S. writer in English with at least three books of fiction published. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published or self-published novels and collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, former or current students or close friends of, Sam Lipsyte, the final judge for 2013 are ineligible to enter the contest. Employees of FC2 and FC2 authors are not eligible to enter.

Judges

Finalists for the Prize will be chosen by the following members of the FC2 Board of Directors: Kate Bernheimer, Jeffrey DeShell, Lance Olsen, Michael Mejia, Matthew Roberson, Elisabeth Sheffield, and Susan Steinberg.


The winning manuscript for the 2013 contest will be chosen from the finalists by final judge, Sam Lipsyte.


Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2’s stated mission to publish "fiction considered by America’s largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu," including works of "high quality and exceptional ambition whose styles, subject matter, or forms push the limits of American publishing and reshape our literary culture.”


For contest updates and full information on FC2’s mission, history, aesthetic commitments, authors, events, and books, please our about page.

Deadlines

Contest entries will be accepted beginning 15 August, 2013. All entries must be submitted no later than 1 November, 2013. The winner will be announced in May 2014.

Prize

The Prize includes $15,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. In the unlikely event that no suitable manuscript is found among entries in a given year, FC2 reserves the right not to award a prize.

Guidelines

1) Submit a previously unpublished manuscript of any length through our electronic submissions manager. Electronic submissions only.


2) The manuscript must be anonymous. The author’s name or address must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. The title page should contain the title of the manuscript only. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document or PDF.


3) Please include a cover letter/biography with your name, contact information, and a list of three previously published works of fiction with ISBN’s and publishers in the space allotted on the submission form.


4) Include a $25 submission fee. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible if each manuscript is submitted separately and accompanied by a $25 submission fee. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but FC2 must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

 

CLMP Contest Ethics Code

CLMP's community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:


1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors.


2) provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved.


3) make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically.