The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

The 2015 Siskiyou Prize is open to unpublished, full-length prose manuscripts with environmental themes, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.

Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).

All submissions must be made online via Submittable and must include the following:

  • a cover letter with author’s full contact information, including name, address, phone number, and email address; if the manuscript is a collection of stories or essays, please include acknowledgments in the cover letter
  • the full manuscript, including a synopsis and a table of contents, if applicable (NOTE: author’s name must be omitted from the manuscript, as final judging will be blind)
  • a nonrefundable $25 reading fee

A few more details...

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but submitted manuscripts must be unpublished* and not under contract elsewhere. Ashland Creek Press will offer publication to the contest winner.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted separately and accompanied by the $25 reading fee.
  • The $25 reading fee is nonrefundable, and we are unable to accept changes or additions once manuscripts are submitted. (If your manuscript is selected, you will have the opportunity to make changes before publication.)
  • *Self-published books are eligible for the contest, provided that the author identifies the book as self-published in the cover letter and retains all rights to the book.

This year's judge is Ann Pancake, author of Strange As This Weather Has Been and Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley.

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000, an offer of publication by Ashland Creek Press, and a four-week residency at PLAYA.

Please visit The Siskiyou Prize website for additional details and FAQs.

Please note that we are unable to respond to phone calls or unsolicited e-mail submissions.

Among Animals anthology

Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting short story submissions for the second volume of Among Animals, a book-length anthology of fiction focused on animals.

We’re looking for stories of how the lives of animals and humans intersect, particularly in regards to the conservation and protection of animals. We are not seeking stories about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, we’re open to reading a wide range of short fiction with animal themes.

Stories should be from 2,500 to 7,500 words in length. Previously published stories are fine, as long as you have retained the rights to reprint your story in an anthology.

There is no deadline for submissions at this time; stories will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Stories must be submitted via Submittable, along with a cover letter with a brief author bio and acknowledgment(s) if the story has been previously published.

Click here to upload your submission.

Please note that we are unable to respond to phone calls or unsolicited e-mail submissions.

Additional questions?

Check out our FAQ. If your question isn't answered here, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to reading your work!

The Fine Print

Ashland Creek Press accepts no responsibility for lost or misplaced submissions. We will get back to you with a reply as soon as possible, but please know that it can take up to several months.

Ashland Creek Press is a boutique press with the goal of publishing books of high quality that often have trouble finding homes in traditional markets. We work with authors who are passionate about their work and about getting it out into the world.