2040 Book Awards

June 15th – December 15th

The James Alan McPherson Award.

Seeking fiction and nonfiction of any genre.
Open only to writers of color.
Grand prize: $1000 and a publishing contract. Read about last year’s winner here!

For updates:

Enter the Contest

Grand prize winners, like 2017 winner Bonnie Chau, get published!

Read more about All Roads Lead to Blood, the first-ever winner of the 2040 Books Awards!

The Judge

Gish Jen

The author of six previous books, Jen has published short work in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals and anthologies. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award, her work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel, and is widely taught.

News & Updates 

The next 2040 Books Contest has begun!

See last year’s 2040 Books Contest Finalists (2017)

The finalists from our 2017 Awards Program.

2017 Winners

What are we looking for?

2040 Books is a new voice in publishing, championing multicultural authors.

All work will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length. So we’ll take full-length manuscripts, collections short or long, excerpts, and essays.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: December 15th, 2018.

  • Multiple entries will be accepted.
  • The contest is open to international submissions.
  • 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 during. There will be no penalties if your work wins another award or is published before the judging begins.
  • Previously published material is eligible. This includes material published in zines, lit journals, and by micro presses. Self-published books are eligible. If you have published with a small press and not received any marketing support, then your book is eligible.