For almost three decades, our Discover Great New Writers™ program connected readers with incredible, unforgettable stories from little-known writers, handpicked by B&N booksellers from around the country. Many of the literary talents showcased in the Discover program have become household names, enjoying great success with readers, critics and prize committees. Previous Discover Great New Writers selections are here.

Beginning in January 2020, we will be featuring one Discover selection per month as part of our new Books of the Month program.

Selection Process and Eligibility

  • Literary fiction, short story will be considered.
  • Graphic novels must be written and illustrated by one individual in order to be considered.
  • 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® or any other e-book format are also ineligible for submission. Publishers must have U.S. Distribution.
  • The Discover Great New Writers program does not publish original work and does not review unpublished manuscripts.
  • Submissions must be made at least five to six months prior to book publication date.
  • Debuting authors and writers with three or fewer previously published books are eligible for consideration. Exceptions are sometimes made for authors who have published more titles, but have yet to break out to a larger audience.
  • Submissions must be original publications, penned by one author.
  • Deceased authors and those previously featured in the Discover program are ineligible.

Publishers with submissions that meet all of the above criteria are welcome to send one copy of a bound manuscript or one galley to:

Discover Great New Writers
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
33 E. 17th St, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Submission queries to:

Sheila Jamison
Small Press Department
Barnes & Noble
Phone: (212) 352-3646