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2019 Housatonic Book Awards now accepting submissions

DANBURY, CONN. – The 2019 Housatonic Book Awards, hosted by the Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program, are now open for submissions. The contest seeks authors and poets to submit their work published in 2018.

Awards include a $1,000 honorarium with an additional $500 travel stipend in exchange for the opportunity to lead a one-day, three-hour writing workshop for M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing students. Winners also will give a public reading during students’ weeklong residency at WCSU.

Genres accepted include fiction, poetry, nonfiction (and all subgenres), middle grade and young adult literature. Winners for nonfiction, middle grade or young adult will appear at the M.F.A. program’s August residency. Winners in fiction and poetry will appear at the January residency.

The submission fee is $25. The application deadline is Friday, June 14.

Contestants can review detailed submission guidelines online at the Housatonic Book Awards website:

Submit work online using the electronic submission portal:

Snail-mail submissions can be sent to: Housatonic Book Awards, WCSU Writing Dept., White Hall 314, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810.

A list of previous Housatonic Book Award winners can be found at

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.


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