There are two award categories–one for Adult novels, novellas, and short story collections; and one for Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (MG) novels.
Minimum word count: 22,000.
Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed.
We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is.