2017 Clay Reynolds Novella Contest: Guidelines
entries that succeed in this contest are typically those that do one thing:
they tell a simple story well, without the garnish of fancy experimental styles
or attempts to write abstractly rather than directly. The features our judges
look for are great characterization, dialogue, accuracy and vividness of
setting, consistency in point of view and technique, and, above all else, a
well-written piece of fiction that is free of jargon, grammatical error, and
stylistic nonsense. Grammar and mechanics errors will disqualify an entry
faster than anything, so please take care in manuscript preparation and
mechanical correctness. We are not interested in work that appears trendy or that
tries too hard to be fashionable. We also shy away from work that imitates some
other contemporary, popular writer. We look for honesty and directness in the
writing. Be aware of the language that is appropriate to the time and place you
Reynolds is our final judge.
must be made electronically through our Submittable account.
be between 20,000 and 50,000 words in length.
The authors name
should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
All entries should
be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, with page numbers.
A cover letter
should be included with your entry. This is to be copied and pasted into the
Submittable entry form, not included with the manuscript itself.
A reading fee of
$20 must accompany each manuscript.
manuscripts will be published the year after acceptance.
receive 20 free copies of their books.
Winner will be
announced on the Texas Review Press website. http://texasreviewpress.org