Submission Period Opens for Maurice Prize in Fiction

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Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Maurice Prize in Fiction at UC Davis. The annual $5,000 prize recognizes the best book-length prose fiction written by a UC Davis graduate who has not yet published or been accepted for publication by the contest deadline. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Unpublished Aggie novelists, brush off your manuscripts and polish your prose. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Maurice Prize in Fiction at UC Davis.

The annual $5,000 prize recognizes the best book-length prose fiction written by a UC Davis graduate who has not yet published or been accepted for publication by the contest deadline. 

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Novelist John Lescroart established the Maurice Prize in Fiction at UC Davis.

The prize was established by best-selling author John Lescroart in honor of his father, Maurice Lescroat.

Open to all UC Davis alumni

In the past, only UC Davis creative writing alumni were eligible for the prize, but in 2019 the contest was opened to all Aggie alumni. The competition is co-hosted by the College of Letters and Science.

Literary merit will be the overriding criterion in the selection of the winning entry.

Manuscripts must be received by March 13, and the winner will be announced in May. There is no fee to enter a submission.

Instructions for submission:

  • Bind the manuscript to keep pages intact. 
  • Include separately a cover letter with your name, mailing address, email address and phone number. 
  • Remove any names on the manuscript, as they are judged anonymously. Please note that submitted manuscripts will not be returned. 

Mail your entry to:

College of Letters and Science
RE: Maurice Prize
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618

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