MFA in Creative Writing - Fairfield MFA Book Prize



 Fairfield MFA Book Prize Winner – Summer 2013:

Chris Belden for
The Floating Lady of Lake Towaba and Other Stories

Judge: Dani Shapiro

Publisher: New Rivers Press


‌Fairfield's MFA program is one of the very few MFA programs in the country to offer its students the unique opportunity of entering a book-length manuscript to its contest. The Fairfield Book Prize is open only to Fairfield MFA students and alumni.

The author of the winning manuscript will be awarded a $1,000 prize, a standard royalty book contract, and publication by New Rivers Press. New Rivers Press (NRP), which has published more than 330 books since it was founded in 1968, has two missions:

  • To publish the best new writing it can find by new and emerging authors
  • To provide learning opportunities for students

The Fairfield University MFA recruits, teaches, and graduates new and emerging writers who produce publishable book-length manuscripts in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The Fairfield MFA and New Rivers Press have agreed to collaborate in a publishing partnership by conducting a competition among Fairfield MFA graduates and students in all genres to choose and publish a prize-winning book every other year.

NRP will edit, publish, distribute nationally, and market each prize-winning book. The finalists for the prize will be judged by a writer of national distinction.

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2012 Winner: Nick Knittel, author of Good Things, a short story collection