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Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

Festival Staff / June 28, 2013

The second Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2014 competitions.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships to the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop, March 17-18, in Tucson, Arizona.

The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300).

The deadline for submitting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to the Literary Awards is October 31, 2013.

This year, authors Thomas Cobb, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Ann Hood, Bill Roorbach, and Larry Watson were the faculty of the Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop, March 11-12, on the University of Arizona campus.

The 2014 Masters Workshop will be March 17-18.

Workshop sessions include craft talks, small-group manuscript workshops, readings, and a panel.

For information on the literary awards and the workshop, contact Meg Files at

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter.
  • Categories NOT accepted: stories for children or young adults, academic or how-to nonfiction.
  • Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words.
  • Submissions must be in English and unpublished (self-published allowed).
  • Writers must be age 18 or older.
  • $20 entry fee per submission
  • One submission per category
  • The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. (All manuscripts will be read blindly; readers and final judges will not see writers’ names or cover letters.) Include cover-letter information in the “Comments” box when you submit the manuscript.
  • Authors retain all rights to submitted work.
  • Winning entries will not be published.


  • October 31, 2013
  • Winners and the top 50 will be notified by December 15, 2013


More information: Meg Files 520-206-6084

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

University of Arizona Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Helios Education Foundation
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores

Key Sponsors

Arizona Commission on the Arts
City of Tucson
Marshall Foundation
Miriam Brucker Trust
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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