*We have extended our deadlines to September 30 due to the impact of current events, and to give everyone a chance to submit. 



Anouncing our Steel Toe Books 2020 Prize in Poetry and our innaugural Steel Toe Books 2020 Prize in Prose, for fiction and nonfiction!

All books submitted to the awards are considered for general publication. In addition to the winner, we look to publish 1-3 other titles in each category. Please click HERE for full guidelines. 

Our 2020 Poetry Judge

Dustin Pearson's A Season in Hell With Rimbaud is forthcoming from BOA Editions. He has whose has published two collections of poetry Millenial Roost (C&R Press) and A Family Is A House (C&R Press). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University, and a Pushcart Prize recipient. 

Our 2020 Prose Judge, for fiction and nonfiction

Xhenet Aliu's novel Brass (Random House), is a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Wrtiers" selection. She received the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction for her short fiction debut. She teaches Creative Writing at University of North Carolina.


About the Prizes

Each award winner receives book publication, a $500 prize, and a $1000 social media and advertising promotional  package.  All books submitted are considered for publication. In addition to the winner, we will look to publish 1-3 other titles in each category. Our longlist, shortlist, and winners will be announced in October 2020.  We read blind and judges receive 5-10 manuscripts consituting the longlist before selecting one finalist and the short list.


In Addition, we have an open chapbook category which includes an honorarium, copies, and a reading! We will publish 1-3 chapbooks per year.


For more details and for submission guidelines, go to Submittable


All submissions receive response after close of the contest. 

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