The 2019 Awards Program Has Concluded!

SFWP Literary Awards

The SFWP Book Award

Seeking fiction and creative nonfiction in any genre.
Grand prize:
$1500 and no-obligation book contract.
Second & third place: $500 and no-obligation book contract.

This year’s judge is Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties.

You do not need to be from or associated with New Mexico or Santa Fe. We publish a wide range of books from authors who live all around the world, and are globally distributed by the Independent Publishers Group.


  • The grand prize is $1,500; two runner-ups will receive $500 each
  • 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 $30 reading fee.
  • There is no minimum or maximum page limit.

The 2019 Awards program has concluded!

Judging will begin in mid-August and we expect to have announcements in September.

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The Judge

Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of “The New Vanguard,” one of “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”

Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, GrantaTin House, VQRMcSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Grand prize winners, like 2017 winner Wendy J. Fox, get published!

Read more about If the Ice Had Held.

Or, read more about our other past winners!

News & Updates 

The Awards have concluded!

See last year’s SFWP Book Awards Finalists (2017)

The finalists from our 2017 Awards Program.