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Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize

The Plonsker Prize is on indefinite hiatus and we are not considering manuscripts at this time.

Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with &NOW Books, sponsors an emerging writer under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend three weeks in residence at our campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan.

There are no formal teaching duties attached to the residency. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, and offering a series of public presentations.

The completed manuscript will be published (upon approval) by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press, with distribution by Northwestern University Press.

The stipend is $10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the College.

For this year’s competition, we are seeking a fiction writer who will spend three weeks in residence on the Lake Forest College campus during the Spring 2019 term.

The final judge will be novelist and memoirist Lidia Yuknavitch.

Submissions open January 1, 2018 and close by March 1 or when we’ve received 200 submissions—whichever comes first. Click here for guidelines. Submissions are currently closed.

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Recipients of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize stay in a suite in Glen Rowan House. Lake Michigan is one mile away.

2018 winners and finalists:

JD Scott

Plonsker judge Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water, The Misfit’s Manifesto, based on her recent TED talk, and the bestsettling novels The Small Backs of Children and The Book of Joan. She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and her son Miles. She is a very good swimmer.