Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize

NEW! Extended Deadline: November 20, 2017

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.

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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.