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Submit a Novel

How to Submit a Novel

Send three copies for review, with complete contact information, to:

VCU Cabell First Novelist Award
Department of English
900 Park Ave.
Hibbs Hall, Room 306
P.O. Box 842005
Richmond, VA 23284-2005

Deadlines

Books published January–June 2017: September 14, 2017
Books published July–December 2017: January 14, 2018

The Winner will be announced in June or July 2018.

Rules for Submission

  • The submission must be the author's first novel, published in calendar year 2017.
  • The author may have published previous work in a different form, such as poems or short stories, but the submission must be his or her first published novel.
  • The USA must be the country of first publication for the submission.
  • Self-published novels will not be considered.
  • Books available in e-format only are not eligible.
  • While books with crossover audience appeal may be considered, we reserve the right to eliminate those with a primary audience of young (YA or middle-grade) readers.
  • The winning author must agree to attend the award event, usually scheduled for November.

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