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Apply for the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize

Lake Forest College invites fiction writers under forty years old to apply for prestigious residency prize.

Submission due March 1, 2016


For the 2016 competition we invite applications for a fiction writer under forty years old, with no major book publication, to spend three weeks (March or April) in residence at Lake Forest College.

Submit a 20- to 30-page excerpt of a manuscript in progress at Submittable.com. The competition opens on January 1, 2016; the closing deadline is March 1. Only the first 200 submissions will be considered, so apply early!

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

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

  1. A one-page statement of plans for completion;
  2. 30 pages of a manuscript in progress.

Your cover letter, pasted into the text box, should include the basic details of your cv or resume: education, employment, significant publications, etc. This information may be provided in narrative form. Entries will be screened by the editors of Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books. The final judge for the 2016 competition is Brian Evenson.

Direct inquiries to andnow@lakeforest.edu with the subject line: Plonsker Prize.