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 (2016)

First Prize: Ellen Herbert of Falls Church, VA for “Paris in the Dark”

Second Prize: Russ Madison, Jr. of Decatur, GA for “Coin Flight”

Third Prize: James Kingston of Remsenburg, NY for “The City Island Messenger”
Honorable Mentions: Amanda Cartwright of Green Bay, WI for “The Dividing Line”; Chris Beal of Santa Cruz, CA for “Flesh of Enlightenment”; David G. Swanson of Silverton, CO for “Friendship Highway”; Gail A. Kenna of Wicomico Chur, VA for “Long Night’s Journey Into Day”