Juniper Prize for Fiction

Juniper Prize for Fiction

The Juniper Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to two original manuscripts of fiction: one short fiction and one novel. University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscripts and the authors receive a $1,000 award upon publication.

Competition guidelines

Submissions will only be accepted between August 1 and September 30 yearly The entry fee is $30, and all manuscripts will be judged anonymously by a distinguished writer of fiction from the UMass Amherst MFA program. The award winner will be announced at our website in April, with publication slated for the following Spring.


1. The competition is open to all writers in English, whether or not they are U.S. citizens. Employees and students of the University of Massachusetts are not eligible for the award.

2. Novels and collections of stories are all eligible. Work that has previously appeared in magazines, in whole or in part, may be included, but should be so identified on the cover sheet.

3. Manuscripts must be at least 150 pages and no longer than 350 pages.

We will accept submissions electronically or by mail. Please see guidelines below for electronic and mail submissions.

Electronic submission guidelines

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1. Manuscript files must be typed double-spaced in 12-point type (preferably Times New Roman), with pages numbered consecutively. Acceptable file types are doc, docx, rtf, and odt.

2. Do not include your name on any of the pages of the manuscript file. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.

Mailed submission guidelines

1. Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced in 12-point type (preferably Times New Roman), with pages numbered consecutively. Clean, legible photocopies are acceptable.

2. Each submission should have two cover pages—one listing the title of the manuscript and the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; and a second page listing only the title. The author's name should not appear after the first cover page.

3. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a non-refundable $30 submission fee, check or money order payable in U.S. dollars. Please make checks payable to the University of Massachusetts Press. Please indicate "FICTION/your manuscript title" in the memo field on the check.

5. Mailed manuscripts must have a postmark between August 1 and September 30.

Multiple submissions

1. You may submit your manuscript to other publishers while it is being considered for this competition, but if it is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us immediately.

2. You may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as each submission is accompanied by the $30 fee, meets the eligibility requirements, and does not include material submitted to us in another manuscript.

Mail submissions to:

Juniper Prize for Fiction
University of Massachusetts Press
East Experiment Station
671 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please watch our website in April for announcement of the winner.

UMass Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts, and we suggest that you retain a copy for your protection. The winner will be notified by the end of March 2017 and an announcement will be placed at UMass Press’s website in early April. No information about the winner will be released before the April announcement, and UMass Press will not be able to provide feedback on manuscripts submitted for competition.

If you have questions about the competition, please contact competition coordinator, Mary Dougherty, UMass Press Director, at