A prize of $35,000 is given annually for a book of fiction published in the current year that “illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 2020 Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival in Aspen, Colorado, as a featured speaker and the Aspen Words annual benefit dinner as a guest of honor. Novels, story collections, and translations of books of fiction published in the United States in 2019 are eligible. Publishers may submit the required entry form with a $45 entry fee, along with five copies of a book (or bound galleys), by August 1. There is no entry fee for presses with annual net sales that are less than $4 million. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Aspen Words, Literary Prize, 110 East Hallam Street, Suite 116, Aspen, CO 81611. (970) 925-3122, ext. 5. Ellie Scott, Contact.