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Discover Great New Writers Selection Process
Founded in 1990, the Discover Great New Writers program highlights books of exceptional literary quality from authors at the start of their careers.
A small group of Barnes & Noble bookseller volunteers convenes year-round to review submissions to the program and handpick titles for our promotion, currently featured at 700+ Barnes & Noble and 100 prominent Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, and on www.bn.com/discover.
Annually, we recognize two of our exceptional writers with the Discover Great New Writers Award (one each for Fiction and Non-fiction). In addition to a $10,000 prize, we promote the winning titles extensively in our stores and online.
Recipients of the Discover Award include Cheryl Strayed, Amanda Coplin, Ben Fountain, Chang-rae Lee, Monica Ali, Eric Blehm, Tracy Chevalier, Joshua Ferris, Elizabeth McCracken, David Sheff, and Hampton Sides, among others.
Selection Process and Eligibility
Publishers recommend writers making a strong literary debut. Authors cannot submit their own work to the program; self-published writers and titles published via print-on-demand or available only as NOOK books are also ineligible for submission.
Literary fiction, short story collections and literary non-fiction, such as travel essays, memoirs, or other non-fiction with a strong narrative will be considered. Books should be intended for an adult or a young adult audience.
The Discover Great New Writers program does not publish original work; please do not submit unpublished manuscripts for consideration.
Submissions must be made at least three months prior to publication date.
Once selected, participation in Discover Great New Writers™ includes:
2014-2015 Submission Deadlines
|Spring 2014 (January-March 2014)||June 27, 2013|
|Summer 2014 (April-July 2014)||December 12, 2013|
|Fall 2014 (August-October 2014)||April 3, 2014|
|Holiday 2014 (November-December 2014)
Spring 2015 (January-March 2015)
Summer 2015 (April-July 2015)
|June 26, 2014|
September 25, 2014
December 11, 2014
For further information on submissions, contact:
Director, Discover Great New Writers
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
122 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 633-4067