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3rd Annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

Festival Staff / July 1, 2014

The third annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Writing Competition is now under way! Entries are being accepted in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Winners will be honored at the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books March 14-15.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place entries will receive $500, and third-place finishers receiving $250. All nine prize-winners will receive scholarships to the 2015 TFOB Masters Workshop March 16-17 at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Only the 50 semifinalists in the contest will be invited to take part in the workshop. The workshop is an invitation-only conference with a tuition fee of $300.

Instruction will be provided by five authors featured at the 2015 Festival of Books. Past faculty members have included Rae Armantrout, Ann Hood, Larry Watson, Thomas Cobb, Kevin Canty, Gina Frangello, Rigoberto Gonzalez and Peter Turchi. The 2015 faculty will be announced later this year.

Submissions to the Literary Awards competition will be accepted now through October 15, 2014

For information not listed below, contact Meg Files at or (520) 206-6084.

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  • Submissions must be in English and unpublished (self-published allowed).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  • Winning entries will not be published.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2014

Submission Details:

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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

Marshall Foundation
Miriam Brucker Trust
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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