The Juniper Literary Prizes showcase distinctive and fresh voices and share their work with a wide array of readers. Every year, faculty-judges from the distinguished University of Massachusetts MFA program select four winners in poetry and fiction, and the awardees each receive an honorarium of $1,000 and a publication contract with the University of Massachusetts Press.

For poetry, the judges award one prize for a first book of poems, and they select a second winner for an author who has been published previously. For fiction, the judges choose a novel and a collection of short stories.

The Juniper Prize takes its name from Fort Juniper, the house that the poet Robert Francis (1901–1987) built by hand in the woods of western Massachusetts. To honor Francis’s poetry and creative life in the Valley, the Press and the MFA program launched the Juniper Prize for Poetry in 1975. They added the Juniper Prize for Fiction in 2004.

Previous winners include: the poets Lucille Clifton, Lynda Hull, Richard Jackson, and Arthur Vogelsang, and the fiction writers Rod Val Moore, Andrew Malan Milward, Dwight Yates, and Lynn Lurie.

Submissions for the Juniper Prizes are accepted each year between August 1 and September 30.

Ends on September 30, 2017$30.00
$30.00

The Juniper Prize for Poetry is awarded annually to two original manuscripts of poems: one first book prize for a previously unpublished author and one prize for a previously published author. The University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscripts and the authors receive a $1,000 award upon publication.

Competition guidelines

Submissions will only be accepted each year between August 1 and September 30. The entry fee is $30. All manuscripts will be judged anonymously by a faculty-judge from the distinguished University of Massachusetts MFA program. The winners will be announced at the University of Massachusetts Press website in April, with publication slated for the following spring.

Eligibility

1. The competition is open to all writers in English, whether or not they are U.S. residents. However, current employees and students of the University of Massachusetts and previous Juniper Prize for Poetry winners are not eligible.

2. Manuscripts by more than one author are not eligible.

3. Translations are not eligible.

4. Chapbooks are not eligible.

5. Collected works of previously published poems are not eligible.

Submission guidelines

1. Manuscript files must be between 50 and 70 pages, double-spaced in 12-point type (preferably Times New Roman), with pages numbered consecutively.

2. Do not include your name on any of the pages of the manuscript file. The first page of the manuscript should include only the title of the manuscript.

3. Log in or register for a free Submittable account. Please note that your contact information will not be visible to the judges.

4. Enter the title of your manuscript.

5. Attach and upload your manuscript file.

6. Enter your payment information for the $30 submission fee.

7. You may view your submission activity or withdraw your submission at any time by logging in to your Submittable account.

Multiple submissions

You may submit your manuscript to other publishers while it is being considered for this competition, but if it is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us immediately.

You may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as each submission is accompanied by the $30 fee, meets the eligibility requirements, and does not include material submitted to us in another manuscript.

General information

Manuscripts will not be returned.

The University of Massachusetts Press and the University of Massachusetts MFA program assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.

The University of Massachusetts Press and the University of Massachusetts MFA program will not provide feedback on manuscripts submitted for competition.

The winners will be notified by the end of March and an announcement of the winners will be placed at the University of Massachusetts Press's website (www.umass.edu/umpress) in early April. No information about the winners will be released before the April announcement.

Please send questions about the Juniper Prize competitions to juniperprize@umpress.umass.edu.

Ends on September 30, 2017$30.00
$30.00

The Juniper Prize for Fiction is awarded annually to two original manuscripts of fiction: one short story collection and one novel. The University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscripts and the authors receive a $1,000 award upon publication.

Competition guidelines

Submissions will only be accepted each year between August 1 and September 30. The entry fee is $30. All manuscripts will be judged anonymously by a faculty-judge from the distinguished University of Massachusetts MFA program. The winners will be announced at the University of Massachusetts Press website in April, with publication slated for the following spring.

Eligibility

1. The competition is open to all writers in English, whether or not they are U.S. residents. However, current employees and students of the University of Massachusetts and previous Juniper Prize for Fiction winners are not eligible.

2. Both novels and collections of stories are eligible.

3. Work that has previously appeared in magazines, in whole or in part, is eligible, but should be so identified on the manuscript cover sheet.

4. Manuscripts by more than one author are not eligible.

5. Translations are not eligible.

Submission guidelines

1. Manuscript files must be between 150 and 350 pages, double-spaced in 12-point type (preferably Times New Roman), with pages numbered consecutively.

2. Do not include your name on any of the pages of the manuscript file. The first page of the manuscript should include only the title of the manuscript.

3. Log in or register for a free Submittable account. Please note that your contact information will not be visible to the judges.

4. Enter the title of your manuscript.

5. Attach and upload your manuscript file.

6. Enter your payment information for the $30 submission fee.

7. You may view your submission activity or withdraw your submission at any time by logging in to your Submittable account.

Multiple submissions

You may submit your manuscript to other publishers while it is being considered for this competition, but if it is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us immediately.

You may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as each submission is accompanied by the $30 fee, meets the eligibility requirements, and does not include material submitted to us in another manuscript.

General information

Manuscripts will not be returned.

The University of Massachusetts Press and the University of Massachusetts MFA program assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.

The University of Massachusetts Press and the University of Massachusetts MFA program will not provide feedback on manuscripts submitted for competition.

The winners will be notified by the end of March and an announcement of the winners will be placed at the University of Massachusetts Press's website (www.umass.edu/umpress) in early April. No information about the winners will be released before the April announcement.

Please send questions about the Juniper Prize competitions to juniperprize@umpress.umass.edu.