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Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel


  [Southeast Missouri State University Press]

One University Plaza, MS 2650

Cape Girardeau MO 63701




Submissions must be previously unpublished novels, novellas, or collections of closely linked short stories.

Manuscripts that have been self-published or published online will not be accepted.

Open to English-writing, U.S. residents who have not yet published a novel.


  • Submission Instructions/Form

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  • Cost to Enter: $25

  • Submission Deadline: Nov 01, 2021

  • First Prize: $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press and an invitation to present a reading at the University.

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