The 6th annual Writer's Block Prize will be awarded in FICTION. Internationally acclaimed author, GARTH GREENWELL, will judge.

OPENS: May 1, 2019     

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019


One first place winner will receive: 

  • $500 Prize

  • An invitation to read at the 2019 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY on November 16  

  • An opportunity to meet the judge and festival keynote reader, Garth Greenwell.

  • Publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.


  • Submit a short work of fiction (up to 4,000 words).

  • Up to 3 multiple entries will be considered; Entry fee applies to each submission.

  • Your name and contact information must NOT appear anywhere in the document. Documents that include author identification will be disqualified. 

  • All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via Submittable. 

  • Only submit unpublished work. Please notify us and withdraw your work through Submittable if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted.

Entry fee: $12.00

2019 Writer's Block Prize


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Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into a dozen languages. A new book of fiction, Cleanness, is forthcoming from FSG in early 2020. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky he lives in Iowa City. 

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