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 2019 Aspen Words Summer Benefit in Aspen, Colorado, as a featured speaker and guest of honor. Novels, story collections, and translations of books of fiction published in the United States in 2018 are eligible. Publishers may submit the required entry form with a $30 entry fee, along with five copies of a book (or bound galleys), by August 1. There is no entry fee for presses whose annual net sales 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. Ellie Scott, Contact.