Announcing the Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing

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 The award seeks out unpublished works by emerging writers who focus on “American identity in a global age.”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The groundbreaking prize will focus on both unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions, alternating yearly between the two genres.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.

And if you do end up submitting, please drop a comment below and let the LitReactorVerse know what you think of this great new prize!

Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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Joanny Green December 9, 2022 - 12:49am

I think it's a great idea. Immigrants are one of the most under-represented groups in literature, and I think that this prize would highlight the voices of these writers. I'm an immigrant myself, and I'm proud to be writing about my experience as an immigrant in America. I would recommend this Next Generation Firewall for more reviews. I hope more people will write about their experiences with immigration, too. It's true that there aren't many immigrants writing about their lives in English yet; however, there are many stories being told in various other languages worldwide.

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