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A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel published in 2016 by March 11. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
The Writer's Center, McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815. (301) 654-8664. Judson Battaglia, Office Manager.