2040Awards Program

Minorities have long been under-represented by the publishing industry, but according to the US Census, more than half of all Americans will be part of a minority group by the 2040s. All across America today, this vibrant cross-cultural boom is underway, changing how we view the world, and how we view literature and the arts. 2040 Books represents this exciting social change, standing as a strong, new voice in publishing and championing debut and established multicultural authors.

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Judge: Mat Johnson
The Contest Ended on July 7th! Judging will begin on July 30th. For updates, follow 2040 Books on Twitter or sign up for the SFWP Newsletter.


  • Open to ethnic authors or those from an ethnic background over the age of 18. International entries and translations welcome. You and your entry do not need to be associated with New Mexico, we publish a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction globally.
  • What are we looking for? All fiction and creative nonfiction will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length. So we’ll take full-length manuscripts, collections short or long, and essays.
  • The grand prize is $1,000, and one runner-up will receive $500
  • Authors retain all rights to their work
  • Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There’s no obligation to sign this contract.
  • There is a $25 reading fee
  • This year’s judge is Mat Johnson. See below for more details.
  • 2040 Books will not keep submissions on file or use them for any purpose without the permission of the respective authors. We do not share personal contact information with any individual, organization, or marketing agency.
  • Deadline: July 7th, 2017.
  • Multiple entries will be accepted.
  • Entries may include a synopsis, outline, or introductory letter. Do not send personal correspondence to the judge.
  • You may participate in other contests and programs as well as pursue publication elsewhere. There will be no penalties if your work wins another award or is published before the judging begins.
  • Who is eligible?
    • All unpublished work is eligible.
    • Previously published material is also eligible as long as it has not been published by a major press. So you can submit if you have published in zines, lit journals, and with micro presses.
    • Self-published books are eligible, as are books published via Amazon’s CreateSpace, KDP, etc.
    • If you have published with a small press and have not received any marketing support, then your book is eligible.
  • If you have questions, please contact us.

The Judge

mat_johnsonMat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.

He is a Professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Visit Mat’s website.