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The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for Unpublished Manuscripts is Open to Entries

Horation Nelson Fiction Prize 2014

The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize is awarded each year by Black Balloon Publishing. The winner of the 2014 prize will receive US$5000 and a publishing deal with Black Balloon.

The prize is for a completed, unpublished, original fiction manuscript over 50,000 words. Writers can be from any country and there are no citizenship restrictions. Both novels and short story collections may be entered.

The 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize was won by Iowan author Mike Meginnis. His novel Fat Man Little Boy was published in this month.

Writers must submit their manuscript online via Submittable and there are no entry fees. Entries for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize 2014 close on 31 October. For full entry information and conditions visit the Black Balloon Publishing website.

About Black Balloon Publishing
Black Balloon Publishing is independent press based in New York. It was founded in 2010 by Elizabeth Koch and Leigh Newman. Black Balloon describes the books it publishes as “risky but not gimmicky, whimsical but never light, intelligent but not precious.” It publishes both new and established writers of fiction, memoir and non-fiction, and unsolicited submissions are accepted. Follow Black Balloon on Facebook and Twitter.


If you are a writer with an unpublished manuscript that is aimed at a young audience, read about The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This prize is also open to writers worldwide and entries close 31 October.

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