Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize
The Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize will recognize one book focusing on a subject of regional and national significance, by a writer with a meaningful Pittsburgh connection. The author of the winning manuscript will receive a $10,000 honorarium; publication of their book by CNF's independent book imprint, In Fact Books (IFB); national distribution; and a marketing and publicity campaign.
Manuscripts will be judged on originality; the subject's broad appeal and resonance with a national readership; interpretation of the "Writing Pittsburgh" theme; and literary quality and strength of prose. The selected book might be an in-depth reporting project focusing on one organization, individual, or event; alternatively, it might be a more personal writing project—for example, a memoir. All submissions will be judged by CNF’s editorial staff.
The winning author will work with CNF/IFB's editorial staff to refine and polish the manuscript. Publication will occur between one year and 15 months from the announcement of the prize.
Submissions should include a cover letter of up to two pages and a book-length manuscript, double-spaced.
Deadline to upload files:
Monday, October 23, 2017 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, November 20, 2017
Winner will be announced in February 2018.
The Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize is made possible through support from the Heinz Endowments. The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to their work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.