Les Figues is currently only considering works submitted through our annual NOS (not otherwise specified) Book Contest.


Submissions for the Fifth Annual Les Figues NOS Book Contest open on June 1. Please check back for full information.

2015 Contest Judge: lê thi diem thúy

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript.

Les Figues editors will select an additional manuscript to be published by the press as the NOS Les Figues Editors’ Selection.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, translations, and all forms not otherwise specified.

Prize: $1,000 + publication
Deadline: September 15, 2015

All entrants receive a Les Figues title of their choosing (see submissions form for full list of available titles).

Click here to submit and read the full contest guidelines (or see full contest guidelines below).

irradiated cities, Mariko Nagai (Forthcoming, 2017)
selected by guest judge lê thi diem thúy

The Getty Fiend, Ken White (Forthcoming, 2017)
Les Figues Editors’ Selection

Some Versions of the Ice, Adam Tipps Weinstein (Forthcoming, Spring 2016)
selected by guest judge Fanny Howe

100 Chinese Silences, Timothy Yu (Forthcoming, Spring 2016)
Les Figues Editors’ Selection

Coyote, Colin Winnette
selected by guest judge Aimee Bender

Leave Your Body Behind, Sandra Doller
Les Figues Editors’ Selection

The Tales, Jessica Bozek
selected by guest judge Sina Queyras

Among the Dead: Ah! and Afterward Yes!, Becca Jensen
selected by guest judge Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Full Contest Guidelines

  • Les Figues follows the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
  • Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, translations, and all forms not otherwise specified.
  • Submit a manuscript of 64-250 pages with a $25.00 entry fee by the deadline, Monday, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 (submissions open that day until midnight PST). Electronic submissions only.
  • Multiple submissions allowed (with a separate fee for each submission). Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify us if full manuscript is accepted elsewhere. The winning manuscript must be an unpublished work (published excerpts ok).
  • Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced; poetry manuscripts can be single-, double-, or alternatively-spaced. Include manuscript title on each page; pages should be numbered. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document or PDF. Do not include your name or any other identifying material (including acknowledgments) anywhere on the manuscript; all submissions will be judged anonymously.
  • The winning manuscript will be announced in December 2015, with a fall 2016 or spring 2017 publication date. Please note: The winning manuscript will be published in a design and format reflective of its content. UPDATE on January 11, 2016: We will be announcing the winner shortly. Thank you for your patience.
  • Manuscripts by current and past students or close acquaintances of the judge will not be considered.