The sixth Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2018 competitions. Deadline: October 31, 2017.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships to the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop, March 12-13, on the University of Arizona campus, following the Tucson Festival of Books, March 10-11 (

The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300).

 For information on the literary awards and the workshop, contact Meg Files at


• Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission.

• Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission.

• Label each submission’s genre with the title: fiction, nonfiction, poetry.

• $20 entry fee per submission

• No limit to number of entries ($20 fee per entry)

• Categories NOT accepted: stories for children or young adults, academic or how-to nonfiction.

• Double space prose submissions.

• Submit poems in a single document with appropriate page breaks (up to five poems per submission).

• Submissions must be in English and unpublished (self-published allowed).

• Writers must be age 18 or older.

• The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Include name and contact information in the “Cover Letter” box. Manuscripts with the author's name anywhere on them will be disqualified.

• Authors retain all rights to submitted work.

• Winning entries may be published in an anthology of winners.

• Deadline: October 31, 2017

 • Winners and the top 50 will be notified by December 22, 2017.

• First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category receive scholarships to the Masters Workshop, March 12-13, 2018. The top 50 finalists will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300 fee).

More information: Meg Files,

Ends on March 1, 2018$300.00

The Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop is March 12-13, 2018, at the University of Arizona. Mary Jo Bang, Kevin Canty, Ron Hansen, Ron Hogan, and Stephanie Powell Watts will give craft lectures and lead manuscript workshops. Participants may also have the opportunity to meet with literary agent Katharine Sands.

Participation is limited to the top 50 who entered the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards.

Questions and details: Contact Meg Files at