Epiphany presents the first annual Breakout Eight Writers Prize
sponsored by the Authors Guild
Judged by Alexander Chee, Hannah Tinti, and Tracy O’Neill
Purpose: To honor and support
outstanding emerging literary voices amongst student writers, bringing
visibility to the writers of our future.
Prize: Eight writers will
receive publication in Epiphany's Breakout Eight special issue; a $250 cash prize; a
year-long mentorship with Epiphany editor-in-chief, 2015
National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and 2012 Center for Fiction fellow
Tracy O'Neill; a complimentary one-year student membership to the Authors
Guild, including free access to seminars, webinars, and the writers’ resource
library; a featured interview published on the Epiphany website, in the Authors Guild Bulletin, and on the Authors Guild website; a one-year subscription
to Epiphany; and
a short manuscript review.
must be enrolled in an accredited university at least part-time for the
academic year Fall 2017–Spring 2018. The prize is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
Students need not be enrolled in MFA programs or creative writing programs.
will be submitted by individual writers. They must include a creative work and a “Statement of Interest” including the creative manuscript title, the author's enrollment
status and university, and an email address and telephone number for the
department head of the student’s program of study. Manuscripts may be a single
work of short fiction, novel excerpt, or work of creative nonfiction of no more
than thirty double-spaced pages, or up to five poems. The author’s name should not appear on the creative manuscript. All entries must be submitted via
Submittable. The entry fee of $10 can be paid via Submittable to subsidize
administrative costs associated with the application review.
Judging: Honorees will be selected
blind on the basis of the work’s creative merit by a judging panel made up of Alexander Chee, Hannah Tinti, and Tracy O’Neill.
Entries must be received by February 15.
Epiphany is a nonprofit
literary journal published in print twice per year. We are interested in risk-taking work, and though we've
published well-established writers like Elena Ferrante and Patricia Smith, we
are especially open to writers whose explorations of new territory may not yet
have found validation elsewhere. In the first year of the PEN/Robert J. Dau
Prize for Debut Fiction, a story from the magazine, "A Message" by
Ruth Serven, was awarded the honor. Our contributors have included winners of
the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker Prize, and the National Book Award.
The Authors Guild has been the nation’s most trusted
resource for working writers since 1912, advocating on behalf of all authors,
and offering guidance, advice, and community in the form of professional support,
education about the legal and business sides of writing, and networking
opportunities. As the largest and oldest community of professional writers, the
Guild is committed to providing lifelong support to authors of all
stripes as they move through multiple stages of their careers. Whether it’s
securing an agent, landing a first book contract, negotiating royalties, or
reclaiming rights, the Guild stands by its members, helping to ensure a
sustainable future for every author. The Authors Guild has spent over 100 years
advocating for the rights of authors, protecting copyright, defending free
speech, and ensuring fair pay. Its advocacy work is on the front lines of the
fight to guarantee writers can continue to have the creative freedom that comes
with the ability to earn a living wage, and can continue to produce the
diversity of books that free expression makes possible.