Announcing the Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing
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Restless Books has proudly announced the first ever Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. The award seeks out unpublished works by emerging writers who focus on “American identity in a global age.” Ilan Stavans, publisher, has more to say of the wonderful opportunity:
The ethos of America is defined by its immigrants. Their stories have always been an essential component of the nation’s cultural consciousness, from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Jhumpa Lahiri, from Jacob Riis to Maxine Hong Kingston. In novels, short stories, memoirs, and works of journalism, immigrants have shown us what resilience and family devotion we’re capable of, and have expanded our sense of what it means to be American. In these times of intense xenophobia, it is more important than ever that these stories reach the broadest possible audience. With that in mind, we are proud to announce the first Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing.
The groundbreaking prize will focus on both unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions, alternating yearly between the two genres. The first September-December 2015 window starts with fiction, which can be in the form of a novel or a collection of short stories.
Requirements for entry dictate that submitted manuscripts must be complete and written in English (translations welcome), and that candidates must be first-generation residents of the United States who have never before published a book in English. There is no entry fee (wahoo!), and the grand prize includes $10,000 and publication through Restless Books.
For more information about The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, along with more details regarding submission guidelines, visit the website here.
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