Call For Submissions: The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

Call For Submissions: The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

Black Balloon Publishing has announced an open submission period for their Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.

This is a pretty good deal, so pay attention.

The contest is open for completed fiction manuscripts over 50,000 words. There's no reading fee(!) and short story collections are green lit as well. Read the full guidelines here.

Mike Meginnis won the inaugural contest in 2013 for his book Fat Man and Little Boy. The book's description:

In this powerful debut novel, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan are personified, born on impact as human beings—as a Fat Man and a Little Boy. Their small measure of humanity is a cruelty the brother bombs must suffer. Given life from death, they travel west from Japan to France and later to America. Their journey is one of surreal and unsettling discovery, and author Mike Meginnis transforms these symbols of mass destruction into beacons of longing and hope.

Fat Man and Little Boy will be released in just under a week.

Your manuscripts are due by the end of the month.

And finally, who is Horatio Nelson? From Black Balloon Publishing:

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was a man who defied convention at every turn. A one-eyed, one-armed lunatic genius who never gave up, he began his military career fully intact, but eventually lost his right eye (Corsica, 1793) and his right arm (the Canary Islands, 1797) in battle. He refused to wear an eye patch over the wound and used it to deliberately ignore a direct order from a superior officer during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, coining the phrase “turning a blind eye.” When egomaniac and noted short stack Napoleon attempted to use our beloved balloons for evil during the 1798 Battle of Aboukir with a “military balloon corps,” Nelson immediately destroyed the approaching objects, putting a permanent stop to the short-lived European militarization of these symbols of wonder. Our hero.

Who's going to submit?

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L.W. Flouisa's picture
L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami October 9, 2014 - 6:01pm

I think my problem is, what are they calling self-published? Is there a specific genre they are looking for? The name Harocia suggests military fiction.

Most of my stuff is on Wattpad, but I have a collection over 50,000 words.

Dino Parenti's picture
Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On October 9, 2014 - 7:01pm

I'm submitting. Working on streamliing/editing/deciding on stories.

Devon Robbins's picture
Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones October 10, 2014 - 6:52am

I'm in.

Jenn Collins's picture
Jenn Collins from Wisconsin, USA is reading Spunk and Bite October 10, 2014 - 5:12pm

I don't think my current WIP is going to be polished quite enough by the end of the month as I am ending for the end of November.  Maybe next year.

Last year's winner has a great premise - I'd read that.

Patti Nase Abbott's picture
Patti Nase Abbott October 14, 2014 - 12:07pm

Would really like to understand what they mean by stories already published. But their contact information does not work for my email system.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman October 21, 2014 - 7:06pm

I just picked up last year's winner. It has a recommendation by Patrick DeWitt!