The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans seeks to bring innovative publicity and broad distribution to authors. We collect submissions from March 1 to August 31, deciding on 15-20 finalists. The finalists are read by students from The Publishing Laboratory in the fall, and one is chosen to become a book.


Full length works of fiction (novels and short story collections) only. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Multiple and simultaneous submissions allowed. The contest is open to all authors from any country, regardless of publishing history. 

Manuscripts that have been previously self-published are accepted, provided they have never been under contract with a publisher. Short story collections may contain novellas and/or longer works, as long as multiple pieces (such as short stories or other novellas) are also included in the manuscript.

The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish the winning manuscript with the University of New Orleans Press. The University of New Orleans Press is based at the University of New Orleans and distributed by Hopkins Fulfillment Services. 

Abram Shalom Himelstein is the editor-in-chief.

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