Novel Excerpt

Ethel Rohan Novel Excerpt Prize Category

1st Prize: $100…. 2nd Prize: $50…. Third Prize:…. $25

Category Details
Please send me a maximum of a 25 page novel excerpt (double-spaced) and no more than a one page synopsis (single-spaced). Hook me. Startle me. Move me. Not to impress, but because that’s what the story, your story, demands.

About Judge/Sponsor

ETHEL ROHAN (San Francisco, CA) is the author of The Weight of Him, a debut novel published from St. Martin’s Press (US) and Atlantic Books (UK), June, 2017. The Weight of Him won the inaugural Plumeri Fellowship and was named an Amazon Best Book in Literary Fiction. She is also the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for the Story Prize. Longlisted for The 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, her work has appeared in The New York Times, World Literature Today, The Washington Post, PEN America, Tin House Online, GUERNICA Magazine, and many others. Raised in Dublin, Ireland, she lives in San Francisco.


Last Year’s Winners (2017)

First Prize: Simi Monheit of Monte Sereno, CA for “Unforgettable”

Second Prize: Jackie Davis Martin of San Francisco, CA for “Stopgaps”

Third Prize: Larkin Edwin Greer of New York, NY for “Walking on Thunder”

Honorable Mentions: Louise Kantro of Modesto, CA for “Seconds”; Joan F. Prebilich of Santa Cruz, CA for “The Wide Land”; Curt Rude of Austin, MN for “The Passionate Jihadist”