Quill Prose Award
Queer literature is often found in the side stacks, in the back of the bookstore, under “Gay and Lesbian.” These authors are put into a genre that barely fits them, excluded from mainstream funding, and alienated by submission questionnaires and prying questions about identity and the underlying, “What are you?” The contradiction is that though labels can be alienating, they can also be empowering and community building. Red Hen Press seeks to work against the negative politics of labeling while honoring and empowering authors who identify as queer.
Book publication by Red Hen Press
Final Judge: Elizabeth Bradfield
Deadline: November 30, 2022
Note: Entry Fee is $10. Name on cover sheet only; 25,000-word minimum (approximately 150 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font); prose by a queer writer only.
The award is open to all writers with the following exceptions:
- Authors who have had a full-length work published by Red Hen Press, or a full-length work currently under consideration by Red Hen Press
- Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press
- Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors
- Relatives or individuals having a personal or professional relationship with any of the final judges where they have taken any part whatsoever in shaping the manuscript, or where, for whatever reason, selecting a particular manuscript might have the appearance of impropriety
Submissions are currently closed for this award.
Procedures and Ethical Considerations
To be certain that every manuscript finalist receives the fairest evaluation, all manuscripts shall be submitted to the judges without any identifying material.
Bios, acknowledgments, and other identifying material shall be removed from judged manuscripts until the conclusion of the competition.
Red Hen Press is committed to maintaining the utmost integrity of our awards. Judges shall recuse themselves from considering any manuscript where they recognize the work. In the event of refusal, a manuscript score previously assigned by the managing editor of the press will be substituted.
For questions or to withdraw a submitted entry, please contact Tobi Harper.