Les Figues is currently only considering works submitted through our annual Not Otherwise Specified (NOS) Book Contest.


Submissions for the 2018 NOS Book Contest open on January 15

2018 Contest Judge: Simone White

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

Les Figues editors will select an additional manuscript to be published by the press as the NOS Les Figues Editorial 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

All entrants receive a previous NOS title (see submissions form for list of available titles; an extra shipping fee is applied to international addresses). Books will be mailed shortly after the submission period closes.

2018 judge Simone White is the author of Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, House of Envy of All the World and Unrest. She is Program Director at The Poetry Project (at St. Mark’s Church) and, in Spring 2018, she will be visiting associate professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

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

irradiated cities, Mariko Nagai
selected by guest judge lê thi diem thúy

The Getty Fiend, Ken White
Les Figues Editorial Selection

Some Versions of the Ice, Adam Tipps Weinstein
selected by guest judge Fanny Howe

100 Chinese Silences, Timothy Yu
Les Figues Editorial Selection

Coyote, Colin Winnette
selected by guest judge Aimee Bender

Leave Your Body Behind, Sandra Doller
Les Figues Editorial 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 ($40 for international entrants who choose to receive a book) by the deadline, Tuesday, MARCH 20, 2018 (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 Summer 2018, with an expected Spring/Summer 2019 publication date. Please note: The winning manuscript will be published in a design and format reflective of its content.
  • Manuscripts by current and past students or close acquaintances of the judge will not be considered.