Red Hen Press is an independent, non-profit press that publishes about twenty books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry every year. We’re looking for novels, memoir, creative nonfiction, hybrid works, and story, essay, and poetry collections of exceptional literary merit that demonstrate a high level of mastery.

Red Hen publications are diverse in style and subject, but tend to have in common a certain wildness. Please familiarize yourself with our catalog before submitting. Representative fiction writers include Ron Carlson, Brian Doyle, B.H. James, Andrew Lam, David Maine, Ellen Meeropol, and Rob Roberge. Representative poets include Chris Abani, Katharine Coles, Camille Dungy, Eloise Klein Healy, Douglas Kearney, David Mason, Peggy Shumaker, and William Trowbridge.

With your submission, be sure to include:

  1. A cover letter that briefly describes the work and the author’s background, lists any publication credits if applicable, and explains why the work is a fit for Red Hen Press.
  2. A brief synopsis of the work (“this happens, then this happens…”), no more than two pages in length.
  3. The work itself. Writers may submit either the full manuscript or a sample of between 20 and 30 pages. Please keep in mind that full manuscripts take longer to review. All manuscripts should include page numbers on every page.

Please include all parts of your submission in a single PDF.

Given the high volume of submissions we receive, please expect a response time of three to six months. We appreciate your patience. Phone calls, emails, and letters will not speed up the process, and are strongly discouraged.

Ends on February 28, 2017$ 25.00
$ 25.00

Red Hen Press is pleased to announce the inception of a new writing award: the Women's Prose Prize. This award is for a previously unpublished, original work of prose. Novels, short story collections, memoirs, essay collections, and all other forms of prose writing are eligible for consideration. Awarded manuscript is selected through an annual competition which is open to all writers who identify as women.

Award is $1000 and publication by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. 45,000 word minimum, 80,000 word maximum. Entries will be accepted via Submittable only. This year's final judge will be Aimee Bender.

Guidelines

Eligibility: The award is open to all women writers with the following exceptions:

A) Authors who have had a full length work published by Red Hen Press;
B) Employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press;
C) Relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors;
D) 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.

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. Please include contact information only in the cover letter field of Submittable. 

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 recusal, a manuscript score previously assigned by the managing editor of the press will be substituted.

$ 20.00

With your submission, be sure to include:

  1. A cover letter that briefly describes the work and the author’s background, lists any publication credits if applicable, and explains why the work is a fit for Red Hen Press.
  2. A brief synopsis of the work (“this happens, then this happens…”), no more than two pages in length.
  3. The work itself. Writers may submit either the full manuscript or a sample of between 20 and 30 pages. Please keep in mind that full manuscripts take longer to review. All manuscripts should include page numbers on every page.

Please include all parts of your submission in one single PDF.

Given the high volume of submissions we receive, please expect a response time of three to six months. We appreciate your patience. Phone calls, emails, and letters will not speed up the process, and are strongly discouraged.