shining the spotlight on short story collections
Good news for short story authors: one of the most exciting short story collection publishers around, Dzanc, whose first book, All Over by Roy Kesey, is reviewed on The Short Review, has announced that along with its usual submissions process, it will also hold the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest:
Between 2008 and 2010, Dzanc Books and its imprints, OV Books and Black Lawrence Press will publish no less than 21 short story collections. This is a staggering number in an industry where many publishing houses will not publish more than a single collection in any year. Dzanc’s commitment to publishing great writing does not shy away from the short story and we are intent on extending our vision past 2010 with plans to publish many additional short story collections.
Dzanc is now receiving some 2000 submissions per year. With this in mind, we feel it is imperative to the process of publishing not only short story collections, but novels and literary nonfiction, that we alter our submission policy for unsolicited short story collections.
Beginning June 4, 2008, we are announcing the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest. All authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc may do so, and will be judged collectively during the remainder of 2008. In January of 2009, we will announce the winner of our Dzanc SSC Contest and that author will be published by Dzanc in 2011 and receive a $1000 advance.
If you strongly believe your work is the type of collection that Dzanc would be interested in, please feel free to enter.
For more details, visit Dzanc’s Submissions page. Best of luck to all.