2019 Contest Update

Greetings, writers! 

This year’s contest is going great! If you haven’t submitted yet, The Brighthorse Book Prize, now in its sixth year, is an annual awards series honoring unpublished novels, collections of short fiction, and poetry collections. There are three prizes for this year's competition.


Authors writing in English—regardless of nationality, residence, or publication history—may submit their work. Winning manuscripts will be published by Brighthorse Books. A $1,000 prize and publication will be offered to one winning writer in each category. Beyond the single winner in each category, Brighthorse’s editors reserve the right to offer to publish any manuscripts submitted to the competition.


The deadline for this year’s competition is August 16, 2019, so there is still time to enter!


For more information or to submit, go to https://brighthorsebooks.submittable.com/submit. 


Brighthorse looks forward to reading your work!





Winners and Finalists for the 2018 Brighthorse Prize

Each year, the pool of submissions for The Brighthorse Prize grows larger than the previous year’s, making it a difficult pleasure to choose winners. Thank you to all those who submitted manuscripts to the 2018 contest. We only wish we had the resources to publish all of the excellent manuscripts we received.




Mara Adamitz Scrupe’s In the Bare Bones House of Was



Ruth Kessler’s The Country of Elsewheres

Lilo Way’s Wingbone





Barbara de la Cuesta’s The Place Where Judas Lost His Boots



Rachel Swearingen’s How to Walk on Water and Other Stories

Emily Wortman-Wunder’s Not a Thing to Comfort You





Kavita A. Jindal’s Manual For A Decent Life



Kristen Daniels’ Long Time Gone

Janet Irvin’s A Principle of Light

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