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WHAT IS THE SCYTHE PRIZE?

Here’s what a New York Times Bestselling author says:

“What a great batch of fiction, with the very best of it worthy of any short story anthology I’ve read in recent years. I’m excited for the futures of these writers.”

-Timothy Schaffert, author of the New York Times bestseller The Swan Gondola

The Scythe Prize is an annual printed book comprised of short stories and creative non-fiction written by collegiate authors from around the world. A Call for Papers is distributed early in the year, submissions are collected for a period of time thereafter, the editor selects a number of pieces to be published in the printed book, and a prize jury selects the winning short story and essay. The printed anthology is available late in the year. The 2016 Scythe Prize included over 40 previously unpublished stories and essays from college writers looking for a place to share their art.

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PRIZES

One author from the story category and one author from the creative non-fiction category receive a $200 prize.

PURPOSE 

Young writers have few opportunities to be published in print. As this is a dream for many, the Scythe Prize satisfies that goal. Building confidence and notoriety are also aims of the Scythe Prize. A portion of book sales are also put right back into programs and non-profit organizations that build community and advocate for good. In the past, the publisher has donated to March of Dimes, the Nebraska Humane Society, and Bailing Out Benji, a non-profit that focuses on humane education and peacefully protests outside pet stores that sell puppy mill dogs.

 

Find the 2016 Scythe Prize on Amazon here and help me create the best version of the 2017 Scythe Prize I can. Let’s help young authors and continue to provide them with a rare platform like this.

 

5-STAR AMAZON REVIEWS of the 2016 Scythe Prize

“I’m terribly impressed to see this volume come out–both for the quality of the writing in both fiction and essay, and for its vision of giving undergraduate writers their own venue in national and international book publishing. Editor Eric Forrest should be commended for his vision in creating the Scythe Prize and his skill at bringing the volume through production and publication into such a handsome paperback.”

“An incredibly diverse group of short stories. I am impressed with such a dazzling array of different works compiled by a young author. As an avid reader I felt compelled by each story and excited to read the next one.”

“Great collection of writing from many of tomorrow’s sought-after authors. My favorite story written by a law student from the University of Michigan, Rebecca Kaplan entitled “The Way Home.” Find a story you’ll enjoy.”

“Outstanding collection of writings from young and up and coming authors. Interesting reading from all genres and a glimpse of the future of literature and creative writing. Highly recommend to anyone who just enjoys a good read and wants to get in on the ground floor of the next best- selling author.”

“What a wonderful group of writers! The stories are entertaining and diverse. A great read!”

BACK COVER COPY from the 2016 Scythe Prize

The 2016 Scythe Prize book is a collection of the best collegiate short stories and essays submitted for the award’s inaugural publication. Hundreds of submissions from 25 countries on five continents were considered for the prize, and these selections are the best collected.

The aim of the Scythe Prize is to give students wishing to pursue a career in creative writing an opportunity to gain one of their first chances at entering the world of publishing. And while these are their first attempts, do not underestimate the submissions:

“What a great batch of fiction, with the very best of it worthy of any short story anthology I’ve read in recent years. I’m excited for the futures of these writers.”

Timothy Schaffert, author of the New York Times bestseller The Swan Gondola

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