The Robert C. Jones Short Prose Book Contest

Every fall Pleiades Press holds a short prose contest (for fiction and nonfiction). We’re interested in reading collections short stories, flash fiction, essays, lyric essays, and any other forms of short prose you can think of. The winning manuscript will be  awarded $2000 and published by Pleiades Press. It will be nationally distributed through LSU Press and made widely available through all major booksellers. Dinty Moore will judge. The deadline is November 15 and the winner will be announced in the spring of 2018.

All entrants to the contest will receive a free copy of a collection of poems published by Pleiades Press. (Unfortunately we cannot ship books to addresses outside of the United States.)

The Short Prose Contest is open to all writers, regardless of previous publication. Submit a manuscript of 90-200 pages and please indicate whether this is a work of fiction or nonfiction. Translations are not accepted, nor are “New & Selected” or “Collected” manuscripts including work from previously published books. Previous journal and chapbook publications are OK.

Colleagues and former students of Dinty Moore are not eligible for this year’s prize.

This contest is open to all writers, regardless of previous publication. Poetry collections must be at least 48 pages. Translations are not accepted, nor are “New & Selected” or “Collected” manuscripts including work from previously published books. Previous journal and chapbook publications are OK.

We prefer online submissions. The reading fee is $25 for each manuscript submitted. With each manuscript, include two cover sheets: one with the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address—the other with only the title of the book. Finalists manuscripts will be sent to the judge without identification.

To enter the contest please complete the following two steps:

  1. Go HERE (to the University of Central Missouri online marketplace) to pay your entry fee.
  2. After you have paid your fee, go to pleiadessubmissions.com to upload your manuscript to our submission manager. Please put your order number in the comments fields of the submission manager and indicate which book from the Pleiades Press catalog you wish to receive. Note: Unfortunately we cannot ship books to international addresses. 

If you would prefer to submit the old fashioned way, you can still do so: Send one copy of your manuscript along with a check or money order made out to Pleiades Press for $25.

Pleiades Press
Department of English, Martin 336
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Robert C. Jones was a professor of English at University of Missouri and editor at Mid-American Press who supported and encouraged countless young writers through a lifetime of editing and teaching. His legacy continues to inspire all of us who live, write, and support the arts in Mid-America.