“Creative writing explores and documents the human condition and creates meaning in the lives of those who practice it. We believe the act of writing can change both ourselves and the world.”
Grub Street, statement of philosophy
Grub Street is a nonprofit organization and the second largest independent creative writing center in the United States. Founded in 1997, it has a simple mission: “To be an innovative, rigorous, and welcoming community for writers.” Based in the heart of Boston, it offers hundreds of classes annually and also hosts a highly popular three-day annual conference called the Muse and the Marketplace.
The GrubStreet National Book Prize is awarded once annually to an American writer publishing his or her second, third, fourth (or beyond…) book. First books are not eligible. Each winner receives a cash award of $5,000. This year’s deadline is October 1 (postmarked) and the submission process is now under way for the GrubStreet Book Prize in Fiction.
While GrubStreet’s top criterion is literary merit, the award committee is especially eager to support writers publishing with small presses, writers of short story collections, and writers of color — and encourages them to apply. Self-published books and books available only in digital format are not eligible. Debut fiction is not eligible, unless the author has published a previous book of poetry or non-fiction.
Books eligible for submission include novels, short story and novella collections, and novels in stories published between January 1, 2014 and May 1, 2015. The author must reside in the United States. The fiction winner will be invited to Boston in May 2015 for the Muse and the Marketplace conference, where s/he will give a public reading and lead a craft class. Grub Street will also hold a reception in the winner’s honor. Grub Street pays all travel and accommodation expenses.
Publishers may submit books on behalf of authors, but applications must include all the required materials. The winner will be notified by March 1, 2015. For full submission requirements, visit: grubstreet.org/programs/national-book-prize/ and write on!