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Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose

Each year, outstanding works of short prose deserve wider recognition. The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose recognizes excellence in writing with a $250 prize and various honors and distinctions. Works of short prose must be less than 10,000 words, previously unpublished, or published with a circulation of less than 500. The winning prose and selected nominations are published annually in the anthology, Best New Writing.

Anyone (including the author) can submit prose for The Hoffer Award. If you are familiar with the nomination process, visit the prose submission page. Otherwise, please use the following FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should prose be nominated for the Hoffer Award?
Who can be nominated for a Hoffer Prose Award?
What are the Hoffer Prose Award prizes?
How is prose nominated for a Hoffer Award?
How is the Hoffer Prose award judged?
What is the Hoffer Award Short List?
When are the Hoffer Awards announced?
 

Why should prose be nominated for the Hoffer Award?
The Hoffer Award exists as a platform to honor short prose of exceptional merit. (Please read our mission statement.) Since its inception, the Hoffer Award has grown in prominence each year. Winners of the “Hoffer” are given prizes, honors, and worldwide media exposure. The prizewinner and selected nominations are included in the annual anthology, Best New Writing. NOTE: The whole point of Best New Writing is to bring new work before the public. We take what we do very seriously, as we pass your story around the world to our veteran panel. Each story is read. Each story is evaluated in full. If you are considering a simultaneous submission, please don't send your story.

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Who can be nominated for a Hoffer Prose Award?
The Hoffer Award is open to short works of fiction and creative nonfiction. Works must be less than 10,000 words, previously unpublished, or published with a circulation of less than 500. (If it was published on-line, please do not submit it.) Yes, you can nominate your own work. NOTE: Award is closed to the staff of Hopewell Publications and previous Hoffer Award winning entries.

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What are the Hoffer Prose Award prizes?
One grand prize will be awarded for short prose. Other distinctions, such as "Editor's Choice" and "Publisher's Choice" will also be given. In addition, selected nominations will be honored by inclusion in the annual anthology, Best New Writing.

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How is prose nominated for a Hoffer Award?
Anyone (including the author) can submit one work of short prose for a Hoffer Award and consideration for inclusion in Best New Writing. Please, no more than one submission per quarter. To nominate, submit your work electronically. Hopewell Publications will be acquiring first publication and one-time anthology rights of prizewinners. Submissions must be received by March 31st of the award year. Submissions are read quarterly following the last day of March, June, September, and December. You will receive a response within two weeks of those dates. Since the Hoffer Award is predicated on "new and unpublished writing," simultaneous submissions cannot be considered. Writers selected for inclusion in Best New Writing will be notified by the editors in advance of publication. All others will receive an e-mail response to their submission.

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How is the Hoffer Prose Award judged?
The Hoffer Award for short prose is judged by the distinguished editorial board of Best New Writing .

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What is the Hoffer Award Short List?
As the annual judging draws to a close, a small set of grand prize award finalists is announced. This small list or "short list" of finalists is an honored distinction of its own and is announced publicly during the summer of each award year.

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When are the Hoffer Awards announced?
Announcement of The Hoffer Award short list and prizewinners are public events. Short-listed and prizewinning writers will be notified as the judging unfolds, typically during the summer of each award year. We prefer to notify people by the e-mail. The short-listed and winning nominations will be announced on this Web site. Writers selected for inclusion in Best New Writing will be notified by the editors in advance of publication. All others will receive an e-mail response to their submission.

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