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About Us and Submissions Guidelines
The Discover Great New Writers program celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2015, having introduced readers to more than1,800 extraordinary literary talents - many of whom have gone on to become household names -- since its inception in 1990.
The Discover program's selection committee is comprised of Barnes & Noble booksellers from across the company and around the country. They are voracious readers who meet weekly throughout the year to look for compelling voices, extraordinary writing, and indelible stories from literary talents at the start of their careers.
Roughly sixty books are handpicked for the program each year from the thousand-plus submissions from publishers of all sizes, and from those, an independent panel of distinguished writers chooses the winner of our annual Discover Awards, presenting a total of $35,000 to six young writers.
Recipients of the Discover Award include Anthony Marra, Justin St. Germain, Cheryl Strayed, Amanda Coplin, Ben Fountain, Chang-rae Lee, Joshua Ferris, Elizabeth McCracken, 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The Discover Great New Writers program does not publish original work; please do not submit unpublished manuscripts for consideration.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:
2015-2016 Submission Deadlines
|Spring 2015 (January-March 2015)||Closed|
|Summer 2015 (April-July 2015)||Closed|
|Fall 2014 (August-October 2015)||April 2, 2015|
|Late Fall (November-December 2015)
Spring 2016 (January-March 2016)
Summer 2016 (April-July 2016)
|June 18, 2015|
September 10, 2015
October 8, 2015
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